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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; X-Library - 6th edition (January 4, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395511372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395511374
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pictures are very nice.
R. Rhyne
I wish I would have bought a book like this sooner.
Laura
Great book to learn about rock & mineral systems.
Sandy

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72 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have actually reviewed this book for publication but the journal's policy is to not use negative reviews so it never appeared. It is difficult in just 1,000 words to summarize my review but I will say that the book is loaded with technical deficiencies, flat-out errors and inconsistencies that make it a very poor reference work. Furthermore, it was translated by someone who knew nothing of minerals so the errors introduced by the translator are monumental, hundreds! There are terms devised by the translator that mean nothing to English readers and don't appear in any other mineral/gem book of any kind!
A truly bad look, yet it enjoys good sales because the public is so ill-informed about mineralogy.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Keith Davitt on July 19, 2002
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After reading a negative review on these pages at the advice of the reviewer I bought the Cambridge book he recommended. That was a mistake. Whereas the Cambridge book is a good reference book with lots of technical info and good photographs, it has not one photograph of rock in the field - precisely what I need. I've since purchased Schumann's Hand Book and I like it considerably more. The Cambridge book will sit on my shelf, Schuman's will get out in the field and serve me well.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1997
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Originally published in German in 1985, this paperback is full of wonderful color photographs. Many specimens are from Germany or from other parts of Europe, and anyone wanting to view such specimens, but cannot travel to a museum in Europe, is advised to get this book as it would be an easier trip.
The text is non-technical, written for the layman with brief descriptions of the minerals, and is not to be used as an identification guide (as indeed some definitions are imprecise; e.g. the definition of a mineral), but is an interesting book and would make a fine coffee-table book for those interested in minerals (and in rocks, as half the book is devoted to rocks), with beautiful photographs. It might also make an introduction to the subject for friends of mineralogists who enjoy the beauty of minerals.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mom of five on February 15, 2008
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This book was so good as a resource that our daughter wanted a second one...she is in the jewelry business and uses it as a great reference book. It contains great detailed photos of the gem stones, natural and cut, where they are mined and a bit of history with each, also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on December 23, 2013
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For my geology classes it was a great tool to use in mineral identification. I wish I would have bought a book like this sooner. Pictures of the cubic systems are included as well as diagrams you will see in geology classes (i.e. Streckeisen diagram), and pictures of what a perfect crystal of particular minerals are also hand drawn next to their descriptions. Great color pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CHARLES J ALLEN on January 6, 2014
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The five star rating reflects the quality of the product and the timeliness in which it was shipped. It was ontime and the image displayed in the advertisement was exactly what i received. The item I wanted is what I got. I would reccomend the product to anyone interested in this product line. I was not dissapointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IwunrY on February 12, 2014
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This book has every rock imaginable in it. I like the way it has colored pictures of each rock too. It helps to identify the rocks you have.
Great price and investment for the rock collector.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Obrien on October 29, 2011
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I needed a good book to help identify the stones I find. This book has been quite helpful. Excellent pictures and discriptions of stones.
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