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Dana's Minerals and How to Study Them (After Edward Salisbury Dana) 4th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471156772
ISBN-10: 0471156779
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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 4 edition (February 27, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471156779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471156772
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone interested in learning the basics of mineralogy, this is the place to start! Easy to read and understand. Great section on the Crystal Systems. Most mineral or mineralogy books spend most of the book on photographs, which is great, but this book focuses on giving the reader the basic understanding to know what they are looking at in the many fine "picture books" already out there about minerals.
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"Dana's Minerals and How to Study Them" came in the condition described by the seller. It is a classic work and an excellent addition to my library of books relating to the identification of minerals. It is an excellent balance between technical and practical.It is also a rare find. I would highly recommend it to other rock and mineral collectors.
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This book is more of an erudite text that contains info you're not likely to get elsewhere. It's not your average rock and gem guide, so if you already own one or more of them but you're ready for something more in depth, this could be it.
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