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Rocks and Minerals by Herbert S. Zim
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Golden Guides is a quaint collection of somewhat useful, pocket-sized field guides for amateurs wishing to delve into a particular field. While the books themselves won’t get you to where you need to be in order to start hitting the fields seriously, they do present a very large coverage over the subject with enough information (some of it potentially outdated!) to point you in the right direction to begin your apprenticeship in the particular field.

In Rocks and Minerals, Herbert S. Zim, the brains behind the series, presents a guide that covers the eponymous subject. It gives the reader enough lingo to be able to understand what mineralogists or geologists are talking about, and enough useful at-home experiments to make rock identification simple.

The series, originally published in the 1950s-1970s has recently been revived. While I’m not sure of the quality of the new books (I’m especially curious as to what their stance is on radioactive materials, something Zim et al. freely encouraged the collection of), I certainly hope that it helps today's amateurs and hobbyists hit the ground at the pace as yesterday’s.

The target audience for such a book may be older children to young adult, but adults could enjoy it as well, especially with their adventurous children. ( )
  aethercowboy | Dec 3, 2012 |
An identification guide to only the most common knds of rocks and minerals. This guide describes and illustrate their physical and chemical properties, their origin and the geologic structures associated with them, their geologic and economic significance, and where and how to collect them. A handy pocket guide with accurate full-colour illustratins.
  plaris | Dec 21, 2010 |
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Foreword: Nothing is as important in the natural world as our own earth and the rocks beneath our feet.
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Originally published as Rocks and Minerals. Under St. Martin's press, the book was revised and updated under the title Rocks, Gems, and Minerals.
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This is a guide to aid you in identifying rocks and minerals.
But it is more than that. This book will also help you to understand the importance of rocks and minerals in our daily lives. Hence you will find information on sues of minerals and mineral products as well as aids in identification.
Skill in identifying rocks and minerals comes with experience. Take this book on hikes, trips and vacations. Visit collecting places, examine specimens, and try simple field tests. Remember that only the most common kinds of rocksa and minerals are shown in this book. EVen those may vary considerabley in their physical properties.
Thumb through this book before you go out on trips. Read the introductory sections. Next, become familiar with the pictures of minerals, rocks and rock structures. this may enable you to identify some common rocks and minerals at sight. Maps on some pages show were important deposits are located. Books listed on p 156 will help further, but local inquiry is often needed ti pin-point locations.
As you make observations and collect specimens, check your book or make marginal notes for later reference use. In the long run, your records may be as important as the specimens you collect.
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Includes information on collecting and identifying minerals, and sections on metallic, nonmetallic, gem and rock-forming minerals, and on igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

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