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Minerals of the World Hardcover – 1 Apr 1992
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Jurgen G. Hixon
5 October 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Acquisitions, UNLV Libraries
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Cory D. Slipman
Colorful rock and mineral manual
29 August 2002 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
Not a must have for hard core rockhounds. Colorful presentaton of about 500 different rock specimens grouped according to their streak. Not impressive from a scientific and mineralogic standpoint in terms of information on individual species. The highlight of this book is the impressive array of colorful plates depicting the specimens. Common collecting locales are given. This book should be considered more of a secondary rock and mineral manual. Not particularly useful out in the field.
Good value quick identifier, with some irritations
22 January 1999 - Published on Amazon.com
7 people found this helpful.
Quick mineral identifier, with a few columns of data on the left and small but quality colour pix on the right for 500 different entries, classified by streak colour and hardness. Comprehensive enough for a beginning/intermediate collector, but the lack of connecting text prevents any appreciation of relationships and associations between minerals, or detailed locality information. Emphasis on European localities may be novel for American readers. My main problems with this book lie in the translation. The translator is evidently not a bilingual mineralogist, and some translated terms are plain wrong. In English, cleavage is "perfect", not "complete", gold and silver are "native", not "pure" (they aren't!), and no-one will understand "Glass Bead Ore" as meaning "Kidney Ore" (botyroidal hematite). Equally confusing is the choice of odontolite (a vivianite-stained fossil tusk) and coral as specimens, when both are obviously not minerals. Beware under-researched or erroneous localities (e.g. Leadhills is in Scotland, not England!).
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