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.