- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US) (1 Feb. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076432912X
- ISBN-13: 978-0764329128
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,137,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Introduction to Radioactive Minerals Paperback – 1 Feb 2008
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If you collect radioactive minerals you are unlikely to find a more informative book than this one on the minerals themselves. My only niggling criticism is that the book does not address radioactivity, per se, or safety and the potential risk, i.e. how to measure the level of radioactivity and compare this with the recommended maximum exposure levels.
It makes a good attempt to illustrate a wide range of the described minerals, but in my opinion it fails.
The worst aspect of it all is that, although the minerals shown are exclusively specimens of the author's collection, which covers a very wide range of specimens, the photos are exceptionally bad. They miss all standards of high class mineral photography (compare, for example: Gregor Markl and Stephan Wolfsried: Das Uran von Menzenschwand). The images are sometimes blurred, badly illuminated and contain almost no information on the size. The text contains only minor mistakes, but I highly recommend the author to get a professional photographer involved, because otherwise this very good attempt on introducing these interesting and unique minerals will catch nobodies attention.
The appendix and bibliography are quite good though.
In my opinion this is a work with a great potential to grow. I personally would also like to see graphics of the crystall structures. I am aware that it would then be more than an "introduction", but I see the potential of it becoming a real "compendium".
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Having a listing of Locals for various minerals is also a very handy Item to those who are going rock collecting. If you are in the general area of some sources those interested could go seek out a nice sample for their collection
The 6 page appendix called Checklist of Radioactive Minerals includes what group the are in, The Chemical Formula, Color and UV Fluorescent color. For those collecting radioactive minerals it is a much needed Listing.
I think those interested in Rock collecting can really enjoy the information and the way it is presented in this book. A good resource for any rock collector.
That is sad because I spent money on this.
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