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Rocks and Minerals


Peterson Field Guide Series

An introduction to rocks and minerals with detailed photos, description and identification information. Sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. This book is a 4 1/2" x 7 1/4" paperback with 401 pages.

Rocks and Minerals - Peterson Field GuidesTable of Contents

PART I: An Introduction to the Study of Rocks and Minerals
Your Mineral Collection1
Care of the collection, collecting and testing equipment, reagents, testing supplies
Rocks and Minerals and Where to Find Them12
Geographical Distribution13
Rock Classifications15
Igneous Rocks15
Sedimentary Rocks26
Metamorphic Rocks31
Mineral Environments37
Physical Properties of Minerals42
Distinguishing Characteristics42
Color, luster, hardness, specific gravity, streak, fracture, cleavage, parting, translucency, fluorescence and phosphorescence
Mineral Textures and Outlines of Aggregates50
Crystal Classifications53
The Crystal Systems57
Other Forms and Phenomena65
Twinning, distorted crystals, parallel growths, crystal habit, psuedomorphs
The Chemical Classification of Minerals71
Tests, Techniques, and Tips78
Fusibility, flame tests, bead tests, tube tests, wet tests in test tubes, fluorescence and phosphorescence
PART II: Mineral Descriptions
Elements97
Sulfides and Sulfosalts108
Oxides142
Halides174
Carbonates182
Nitrates201
Borates203
Sulfates208
Phosphates, Arsenates, Vanadates, and Uranates226
Tungstates (Wolframates) and Molybdates262
Silicates267
Glossary365
References375
Index381