From the Publisher
This short, practical guide to the identification of hand specimen minerals utilizes simple methods of observation and inexpensive tools. It gives a guidline on how to collect minerals as well as a tone and language that evoke the charm of an earlier scientific era. A companion volume to the newly revised Dana's New Mineralogy, this book will reward the student of nature seeking an introduction to minerals and their identification.
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THE New Edition of A 50,000 copy bestseller
The classic field guide used by generations of mineral enthusiasts--Dana's Minerals and How to Study Them
Minerals fascinate us through their beauty and value, and by the insight they give into the processes that have shaped the earth. Since its original publication in 1895, Dana's Minerals and How to Study Them has given generations of readers a practical understanding of the basics of mineralogy. This Fourth Edition retains the features that made Edward S. Dana's book a classic, including simple methods for identifying minerals, guidelines on how to collect them, as well as a tone and language that evoke the charm of an earlier scientific era. This book also features:
* Descriptions of 150 important and abundant minerals, listing their properties, occurrence, use, and history.
* Color photographs of minerals from the renowned Harvard University Mineralogical Museum.
* An analysis of key chemical and physical properties of minerals.
* A new chapter on the origins of minerals.
* A set of determinative tables, basic to mineral identification.
A companion volume to the newly revised Dana's New Mineralogy (also available from John Wiley & Sons), Dana's Minerals and How to Study Them will reward the student of nature seeking an introduction to minerals and their identification.