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    1. Gemstones of the World, Revised
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    2. Dana's New Mineralogy : The System
    3. Synthetic, Imitation and Treated
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    4. Rocks, Gems and Minerals (A Golden
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    5. Coal: A Human History
    6. Collector's Book Of Fluorescent
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    7. Ionospheric Precursors of Earthquakes
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    8. Gemmology
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    9. Principles of Sedimentology and
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    10. Mineralogy (2nd Edition)
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    11. Minerals in Thin Section, Second
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    12. Identification of Gemstones
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    13. The Diamond Makers
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    14. Masterpieces of the Mineral World
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    15. The Complete Encyclopedia of Minerals
    16. Igneous Rocks: A Classification
    17. Manual of Mineralogy: After James
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    18. Dictionary of Geology & Mineralogy
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    19. An Introduction to Mineral Sciences
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    1. Gemstones of the World, Revised Edition
    by Walter Schumann
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    Asin: 0806994614
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
    Publisher: Sterling Publishing
    Sales Rank: 23650
    Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    With a million copies in print, here comes an even larger, more up-to-date version of the most complete reference book ever published on the subject. All the gemstones ever discovered are treated in their many variations. More than 1,500 full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in all its singular glory--in both its rough natural state and its polished and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on a gemstone's formation and structure, physical properties and characteristics, methods of working, cutting, and polishing.Learn about the best known, including amethyst and diamond. Find full treatments of lesser-known gems, from andalusite to vesuvian. A special section is devoted to rocks as precious stones, including alabaster, onyx, obsidian, and fossils. Organic gem materials are also covered, such as coral, ivory, amber, and pearl, plus new on the market stones like charcoite.Everything is covered, including imitations, synthetics, and combined stones. Charts and tables help you identify unknown gemstones and, when you're in the market, how to check for genuineness. This is truly the ultimate one-volume book every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker and rockhound will ever need!

    "Invaluable to rockhounds of all ages."--Science Teacher.

    "One of the 100 outstanding Sci-Tech books of the year."--Library Journal.

    "Anyone interested in minerals and gems will want a copy of this beautifully-illustrated book."--Science Books & Films.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best compact Gemstone reference book in the world!!!
    A gemologist friend of mine introduced me to this book, and I had to have one. It is the best Gemstone reference book, especially at it's price. It includes color pictures and shows the gem in both the rough and finished state, and includes information on synthetic gemstones. Get this book for a REAL education on Gemstones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book for those interested in gemstones
    This book is a wonderful reference for anyone that has in interest in gemstones or geology. The book has three main parts. The first is an introduction into the terminology that is used in the gemology industry. I found this section to be very inclusive and easy to understand. This section covers everything from the types of crystal structures to cutting techniques and density. This is a great section for those that are new in the world of gemology and would like a more in depth explanation of gemstones.
    The next major section deals with well known gemstones. Every stone you can think of from diamond to emerald is covered in this section. The section is reserved for stones that most everyone has heard of and are readily available at any store. This section is layed out in a field guide type format as opposed to an in depth paragraph discussion. Each stone has a description of its characteristics and colored photos of multiple examples. The photos are beautifully done with several different examples of each stone shown.
    The final section is reserverd form more uncommon gemstones. This section will be sure to surprise you. For example petrified wood is shown as a more uncommon gemstone. Even the most experienced gemologist will learn something new in this section..The pictures and layout of this section are the same as in the previous section.
    I highly recommend this book to people with an interest in geology or gemology. This book is not a book that is best read cover to cover. It is better used as a reference because of its layout and abundance of information. No matter what you use it for you will be fascinated with the information and captivated by the photography. A wonderful book that will keep you entertained for hours.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most useful of all my gemstone/ jewelry books so far
    For decades I wore only white diamonds (nothing colored of any kind) simply because they went with everything and to me they were the easiest gems for the layperson buyer to become 'intelligent' about. Having recently found an excellent jeweller who's also a goldsmith and graduate gemologist, I'm now venturing into the world of colored gems, including colored diamonds. Very confusing! This book has helped enormously, though. For each gem there's all the usual basic info such as Mohs' scale hardness, along with other stuff that'll make your jeweller sit up and take proper notice of ya! : chemical composition, refractive index, density, fluorescence, double refraction and pleiochroism (if any), and so on and so forth. Not to worry, those are all explained in separate sections. There's also : info on all the colors each particular stone comes in, plus useful pictures ; a section for each stone on which others look similar enough to be confused with it ; sections on various treatments (usually for color enhancement) and on created & artifical stones ; and much much more. Simply packed with useful, well-organized info, very well laid out and easy on the eyes despite being fairly small for a hardbound book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gem Identification Guide To Gems & Precious Stones
    I do jewelry appraisals and gem identifications and this book has helped me more than any other. It is a MUST for buying and selling (does not list prices). I have worn mine out and have just ordered a new one. I have had it for approximately ten or more years. You will be fascinated even if you are not buying or selling. Peruse it and enjoy!!!
    Katherine Beasley G.G., A.J.P. (GIA)

    5-0 out of 5 stars great little book
    I have learned a lot from this book and find it very beneficial as someone who is new to gemstones. It has great pictures, hardness scales and a lot of valuable information. I would recommend it. ... Read more

    2. Dana's New Mineralogy : The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana
    by Richard V.Gaines, H. Catherine W.Skinner, Eugene E.Foord, BrianMason, AbrahamRosenzweig
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    Asin: 0471193100
    Catlog: Book (1997-10)
    Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
    Sales Rank: 817573
    Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Following in the tradition of the "System of Mineralogy" introduced by Wiley in 1837, this one-of-a-kind reference brings mineralogy into the 21st century. It describes all of the over 3700 recognized mineral species. New features include emphasis on mineral structure, presenting descriptions of all the important species. New specially commissioned structure diagrams describe all the important mineral groups. All homologous species are classified and all polymorphic forms identified. Compact and convenient in one volume, it offers exceptional coverage on where minerals can be found and accurate, up-to-date references. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favor - don't buy this book
    I think the Danas would be embarrassed if they lived to see their name on the cover of this book - probably the worst compendium of mineralogical data in the history of science. Here, inaccuracies and errors are the norm rather than exception, and the quality of print and paper are no match even to a circa-1900 missionary's Bible. Sloppy sources like this one do more harm than good by perpetuating errors and introducing new ones, so do yourself a favor and spend your hard-earned $350 on something else.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Long-awaited reference needs work
    As a professional geologist, I use this reference often but I have found numerous errors. An example is that the mineral Pentlandite, an important ore of nickel, is not listed in the index. A German website is compiling an errata list on this book and it is many pages long of spelling, locality, formulae and indices errors. Other complaints are: The information concerning the economic use of the minerals is too sketchy and incomplete; and the page paper is too thin and fragile.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, essential mineral species reference
    I use the book almost daily while working on a large mineral collection. It is up to date and comprehensive with valuable references to localities. The book is fragile with thin pages so must be used with care. It should be published as a CD ROM.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Is the publisher nuts?
    I can't believe that John Wiley & Sons (the publisher) actually tries to sell this book as "compact". It's 1100 pages! The Peterson Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals is a much better "compact" guide. This thing should really be on CD-ROM.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive, but FULL OF ERRORS
    This book is a must-have for any mineralogist, but the number of errors is daunting. I can find a minimum of 2 significant (or major) errors per page of text. The errors include spelling of mineral names, errors in chemical formulas, errors in physical properties, errors in locality names, errors in state abbreviations for the USA, omissions in the indices, etc.

    I recommend waiting for the 2nd or 3rd edition to be printed to allow some of the more major errors to be corrected. Also, the pages are of such thin paper that text from the opposite side is readable. This book should actually be sold as a subscription on CD-ROM, with planned updates to implement corrections and additions. ... Read more

    3. Synthetic, Imitation and Treated Gemstones
    by Michael O'Donoghue
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    Asin: 0750631732
    Catlog: Book (1997-11-05)
    Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
    Sales Rank: 479125
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    The book describes a wide range of gem and ornamental materials, species by species, opening up the secrets they sometimes conceal. The book reveals when gemstones can be artificially manufactured, when they can be synthesized or cleverly imitated by other materials - like glass - and when their colour has been enhanced, permanently or for a short time, by the hand of man. Readers are told and shown what the tell-tale features are and learn that while nothing is quite what it seems there are ways in which they can spot give-away signs without needing to consult a laboratory.

    The book is ideal for the jeweller, the auction house expert, the gemmologist and the mineralogist who will find a new slant on the materials that begin a somewhat less glamorous life as rough specimens.
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    4. Rocks, Gems and Minerals (A Golden Guide from St. Martin's Press)
    by Paul R. Shaffer, Herbert S. Zim
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    Asin: 1582381321
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-14)
    Publisher: Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press
    Sales Rank: 49355
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    Book Description

    This handy identification guide to the most common kinds of rocks and minerals offers concise and fascinating information on;
    Physical and chemical properties
    Origins and geologic significance
    Gems and semiprecious stones
    How to find and collect specimens

    Illustrated in full color throughout, this is a gem of a guide for rockhounds and mineral collectors!
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    5. Coal: A Human History
    by Barbara Freese
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    Asin: 0142000981
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
    Publisher: Penguin USA (Paper)
    Sales Rank: 122171
    Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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    In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins hundreds of millions of years ago and spans the globe. Prized as "the best stone in Britain" by Roman invaders who carved jewelry out of it, coal has transformed societies, expanded frontiers, and sparked social movements, and still powers our electric grid. Yet coal’s world-changing power has come at a tremendous price, including centuries of blackening our skies and lungs—and now the dangerous warming of our global climate. Ranging from the "great stinking fogs" of London to the rat-infested coal mines of Pennsylvania, from the impoverished slums of Manchester to the toxic streets of Beijing, Coal is a captivating narrative about an ordinary substance with an extraordinary impact on human civilization. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars To build a world that no longer needs coal . . . . .
    This is a truly remarkable book.

    In time, and hopefully in the not-too-distant future, Barbara Freese will attain the well-deserved stature that Rachel Carson achieved with "Silent Spring" just 40 years ago -- or Sinclair Lewis a century ago when he exposed the horrors of the meat packing industry.

    As Freese so eloquently illustrates, it's hard to dislike coal. Her history credits coal, plus a variety of lucky accidents, with being the foundation of almost everything we love and hold dear in our industrial-intellectual-materialist modern luxury. The ability of coal to produce energy has been known for thousands of years, but it took many new ways of thinking to unleash the latent power of coal as the fuel of industrialization.

    Freese treads lightly though the history of coal, showing how a unique combination of events and circumstances made it the fuel of choice in England at the time of William Shakespeare was writing and Queen Elizabeth I. The US trailed England until the latter half of the nineteenth century when coal made this country the most powerful nation on earth.

    Given that, it's hard to picture the US giving up King Coal to adopt alternatives. After all, could America give up King George III to adopt a democratic alternative? England, in the 1600s, made the change which led to industrialization; at about the same time, China didn't and plummeted from being the world's most powerful economy into a helpless undemocratic giant by 1800.

    Granted, such decisions don't hinge on the next election - - or the last one. The basic change may take a century; but, Freese argues, unless fundamental changes are made in our source of energy, we face certain disaster. Of course, England, China and every coal-based economy faces similar challenges within the same time frame.

    The problem, as Freese points out, is that dramatic global climate change hinges on a few degrees in temperature. The last Ice Age, some 10,000 years ago, was only 5 degrees Celsius colder than today; and that change occurred within a decade. Within another century, unless energy policies change, global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels could send temperatures up another 5 degrees Celsius and melt the last of the ice caps - - which are already melting.

    One possibility is rising oceans, which drown out coastal regions where most people now live. The other is rising oceans, putting vastly more moisture and carbon dioxide in the air which cuts off sunlight, chilling the planet enough to trigger massive snowstorms that create another Ice Age. Take your pick. That is the future we face if we don't act.

    England, some 400 years ago, faced a similar "energy crisis" due to over-cutting of forests to provide basic energy plus the charcoal needed to smelt iron. Coal was quickly adopted to provide heat, but it took a century to learn how to make coke to smelt iron. The result produced the Industrial Revolution.

    Freese says we must find an alternative . . . . . or else. Carson said as much in "Silent Spring" -- find an alternative to DDT or face the consequences of widespread environmental poisoning. The beauty of America is its ability to overcome such challenges and improve results for everyone.

    She is also wise enough to point out that well-meaning, sincere and sometimes intelligent people will say nothing new needs to be done. A century ago, some even argued that coal smoke was healthier than fresh air because coal smoke, having been through the fire, was not germ-laden as was fresh air.

    Freese is objective enough not to advocate solutions. Instead, she clearly and concisely illustrates the problem. Carson had a simple answer, "Ban DDT." Now, the environmental challenge is vastly different, and more immense. Today, "coal" is the problem, "Ban coal" is not the answer. Instead, we need a better alternative. When that happens, coal will disappear due to competition from a superior product.

    What could be more American?

    Our challenge is to build a world that no longer needs coal, before nature creates a world that doesn't need us.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well-written and comprehensive
    From the premise that coal is stored solar energy, Barbara Freese examines the role that coal has taken in the development of human history. She manages to lay out the "connections" between the discovery and exploitation of this resourse and the resulting economic, social, and political changes. All this is done in a very readable format.

    The only mild criticism I can assign is that, toward the end of the book, she looks to the future and projects what the ultimate result of all this may be. To be fair, that analysis completes the "history" she sets out to profile, and is obviously the point of the book. However, the projection is not nearly as fascinating as the history.

    When I have loaned this book to friends, my advice has been to read as long as it interests you, and then put it away without guilt. It will be well worth the read, no matter how far you go.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Coaldust
    Freese does a middling job with Coal: A Human History. The first part was well-written, certainly well-researched, and included many interesting facts about coal. The text takes a tangent in the latter half, however. Her critique is really an unsuccessful attempt to explore the effects of coal to contemporary material and cultural history - which is implied in her title. For example, when earlier she shares historical quotes of the sublime quality of coal fogs in urban areas and its modern allure, later she critiques its negative environmental impacts without engaging these earlier anecdotes - there's a troubling disconnect in her analysis between past and present.

    Freese has spliced a valid contemporary environmental critique onto a strong historical look at the effects of our relationship to coal on cultural and industrial development. I should direct my critique at her editors because she is an excellent writer and supports her theses well. I believe readers would be better served with two pieces - a more fully explored environmental history of coal, and a follow-up companion treatise on the contemporary situation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Coal... a slightly different perspective
    This is a truly insightful and fluid book. The story line is very well written and highly informative. It brings out the history of the black rock and weaves it quite compellingly into the history of modern western civilization. The differentiation between anthracite and bituminous coal serves to illustrate the differences between the East and the Midwest of the US.
    The book takes an odd turn, however, when it turns into political commentary and develops the themes espoused at Kyoto. There is no mention of all of the big coal towns that have sprung up over the last few decdades in the modern American West. Places like Gillette, Kemmerer, Craig or Rock Springs where truly world-class, state-of-the-art technology has come to the fore to mine the rock as economically and sensitively as possible. Similarly, there is no mention of the state-of-the-art rail systems that serve these hubs to bring coal to major metropolitan communities. And to, there is no discussion of new fluidized bed systems designed to burn the pulverized coal as cleanly as possible.
    When I finished the book, I felt somewhat diasappointed that the theme of "A Human History" was truncated after Kyoto. If I had wanted to read a natural resources poli sci book, I would have bought one.
    Nonetheless, the author is to be commended for her first attempt here and this reader looks forward to reading her next work.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Well balanced book
    A very good account of the history of coal, The author explains the basics, the different types of coal and how they are formed, The book progresses onto early societies and their treatment of the "burning stones". As can be expected the major part of the book is about the industrial revolution and the struggle of cities such as London and Pittsburg to maintain a habital city..The coal industry became "King Coal" and became the industrial lifeblood in many countries. A vital industry over which industrial sectors were formed and labor rights were gained. The Final chapters of the book deal with the pollution problems brought on by the burning coal. Two serious points are brought up;
    1) Society can engineer away most of the pollution problems to the point where coal approaches almost perfect combustion. It will result in a much higher cost to utilize coal, and perfect combustion will still leave us with a massive Carbon dioxide output problem. Perhaps accelerating the global warming scenarios
    2)The China question, as a large developing nation China is also heavily dependent on coal as a cheap and readily available energy source, and because of China's scarce resources it applies minimal polution control.
    This combination does not bode well for the future. This reader thought the material was presented in a very professional manner. It was not a "the sky is falling" type of book. It is in fact a good book to obtain a balanced view. It explains how humans have lived with coal in the past and states that societies may have major decisions to make in the future. ... Read more

    6. Collector's Book Of Fluorescent Minerals
    by Manuel Robbins
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    Asin: 0442275064
    Catlog: Book (1983-11-01)
    Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
    Sales Rank: 445818
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Early book with lots of easy reading
    Manny's first book on Fluorescent minerals and a great read. Not as technical as his later book, but good stories about the mines and the miners. I am the author of "Collecting Fluorescent Minerals" and I really enjoyed learning from this book. It is expensive because it is out of print, but if you are serious about collecting Fluorescent Minerals, then this should be in your library (along with my book which is due out by June, 2004)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fluorescent Minerals books
    Although quite a bit of information in this expensive book is contained in Manuel Robbins later less expensive book, this is really a book that you should own or at least read. If you are intrigued and excited about collecting fluorescent minerals, this book is extremely easy to read and contains a wealth of information. I especially liked the story about his friend who worked in the Sterling Mine and collected interesting minerals. It put the rarity (although many are not that tough to find an example of) of the NJ fluorescent minerals into perspective. When you look at a piece of Hardystonite or Espirite, you really appreciate that you are looking at something rare and wonderful. The color charts in the book are handy and easy to work with. I am an author of books on antiques and collectibles and would love to write a book to identify fluorescent minerals. There is so much good, easily understandable material in this book that I would have trouble doing better. When the author M. Robbins wrote his next book, his technical buddies must have asked him to include lots of technical information. The second book is more like a graduate school textbook. I am not a geologist. I like to understand what I am reading. I enjoyed this book a great deal. ... Read more

    7. Ionospheric Precursors of Earthquakes
    by Sergey Pulinets, Kirill Boyarchuk
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    Asin: 3540208399
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-16)
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Sales Rank: 1200680
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    The book aims to explain the variations of near-Earth plasma observed over seismically active areas several days/hours before strong seismic shocks. It demonstrates how  seismo-ionospheric coupling is part of the global electric circuit and shows that the anomalous electric field appearing in active seismic areas is the main carrier of information from the earth into the ionosphere. The discussion of physical mechanisms is based on experimental data. The results can be regarded as the basis for future applications such as short-term earthquake prediction. It proceeds to describe existing complex systems of space-born and ground-based monitoring for electromagnetic and ionospheric precursors of earthquakes, as well as those still under construction. It is an excellent text for courses and contains a wealth of information for those scientists working in the field of natural disaster reduction. ... Read more

    8. Gemmology
    by Peter G. Read, P. G. Read
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    Asin: 0750644117
    Catlog: Book (1999-12-21)
    Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
    Sales Rank: 237839
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    Book Description

    This second edition 'Gemmology' has been expanded and updated throughout by the well known writer and editor of Butterworth-Heinemann's gemmology series, Peter Read. This is a much needed update of a classic text and new syllabus information and sample examination theory papers for the Gemmological Association's Preliminary and Diploma courses are included. The additions also incorporate more recent developments, such as the introduction of synthetic moissanite and the De Beer's instruments for distinguishing between natural and synthetic diamonds.

    'Gemmology' still serves as a useful reference guide for gemmologists detailing the latest natural and synthetic gem materials and is an invaluable text for anyone in the gemmological profession.

    * Much needed update to a classic text
    * Best author to write this book
    * New information for the relevant exams and courses with techniques and questions
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    9. Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3rd Edition)
    by Sam Boggs
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    Asin: 0130996963
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 163380
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    A concise treatment of the fundamental principles of sedimentology and stratigraphy, featuring the important physical, chemical, biological and stratigraphic characteristics of sedimentary rocks. Emphasized are the ways in which the study of sedimentary rocks is used to interpret depositional environments, changes in ancient sea level, and other intriguing aspects of Earth history.Topics include the origin and transport of sedimentary materials; physical properties of sedimentary rocks; composition, classification and diagenesis of sedimentary rocks and principles of stratigraphy and basin analysis.For individuals interested in one text providing comprehensive coverage of both sedimentology and stratigraphy. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Solid as a rock
    Although Boggs dispenses with the multicoloured pictures and obligatory CD-Rom favoured by many modern textbooks, this is not to his detriment. It results in a more concise textbook with clear and simple sketches used effectively to illustrate the text. Perhaps the book may appear somewhat `boring' to certain students, but I prefer to think of it as a `solid' textbook that says what it needs to in a generally clear and understandable manner. For those undergraduates who are more interested in quality rather than flashy appearances, this textbook will prove invaluable in your study of geology.

    1-0 out of 5 stars The pain, the agony....
    I was an undergraduate geology student that used this text book for a class. I can say without a doubt that although the book is full of information, it was bogged down in details and the writing was unclear at times. My class generally ignored the text book and the ta's recommended not reading it unless we wanted to be confused. They even suggested that it would be useless in helping us with our exams. The professor poked fun at the book as well. The writing style in this book made concepts unclear at best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Deep and complete understanding about sedimentary processes
    This concise and clear book give you a complete understand about deposicional processes, sedimentary models and stratigraphy. I thanks to Boggs the oportunity to read it because it was possible to see the deposicional processes, facies and sedimentary models from the fluid's dynamical perspective and not the old uniformitarian environments model's view. This book is easy to read for graduate and posgraduate students. ... Read more

    10. Mineralogy (2nd Edition)
    by Dexter Perkins
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    Asin: 0130620998
    Catlog: Book (2001-12-19)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 314486
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    This learner-oriented text is written in a casual, jargon-free style to present a modern introduction to mineralogy. It emphasizes real-world applications and an “outside-in approach” as well as the history and human side of mineralogy.Chapter topics include elements and minerals; crystallization and classification of minerals; mineral properties: hand specimen mineralogy; optical mineralogy; igneous rocks and silicate minerals; sedimentary minerals and sedimentary rocks; metamorphic minerals and metamorphic rocks; ore deposits and economic minerals; crystal morphology and symmetry; crystallography; units cells, points, lines, and planes; x-ray diffraction; atomic structure; and descriptions of minerals.For individuals interested in the science of mineralogy, and how minerals impact everyday life. ... Read more

    11. Minerals in Thin Section, Second Edition
    by Dexter Perkins, Kevin R. Henke, Kevin R Henke
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    Asin: 0131420151
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-05)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 504301
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    12. Identification of Gemstones
    by Michael O'Donoghue, Louise, Dr. Joyner
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    Asin: 0750655127
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-16)
    Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
    Sales Rank: 534208
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    A comprehensive reference guide to gem and ornamental materials, this book deals with each gem species, outlining all the features a gem tester has to know before making an identification.

    The experienced author team describe not only each natural gem species, but also their synthetic counterparts, and the materials used as imitations, demonstrating how to avoid potentially costly mistakes.

    End of chapter summaries, details of further reading, and the companion web site combine to provide all the support needed by professional gemmologists, antique and gemstone dealers, jewellers and students.

    * Learn how to put the theory of identification into practice with this accessible guide
    * 60 full colour photographs to illustrate identifying features
    * Chapter summaries and companion website support provide easy understanding and reference
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    13. The Diamond Makers
    by Robert M. Hazen
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    Asin: 0521654742
    Catlog: Book (1999-07-22)
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Sales Rank: 269539
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Since time immemorial, we have treasured diamonds for their exquisite beauty and unrivaled hardness. Yet, most of the earth's diamonds lie deep underground and totally unaccessible to us--if only we knew how to fabricate them! In The Diamond Makers Robert Hazen vividly recounts the very human desire to exceed nature and create a synthetic diamond. Spanning centuries of ground-breaking science, instances of bitter rivalry, cases of outright fraud and self-delusion, Hazen blends drama and science to reveal the extraordinary technological advances and devastating failures of the diamond industry. Along the way, readers will be introduced to the brilliant, often eccentric and controversial, pioneers of high-pressure research who have harnessed crushing pressures and scorching temperatures to transform almost any carbon-rich material, from road tar to peanut butter, into the most prized of all gems. Robert M. Hazen is the author of fifteen books, including the bestseller, Science Matters: Achieving Scientific Literacy, which he wrote with James Trefil. Dr. Hazen has won numerous awards for his research and scientific writing. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Informative history of man-made diamond
    In this book Mr. Hazen presents a comprehensive, interesting, and fair history of the development of synthetic diamond. His treatment of some of the controversial historic elements is even-handed and accurate and he presents complex scientific information in a way that is easy to understand. This book is a must read for anyone interested in high pressure research and a you'll-be-glad-you-did for anyone interested in science at all.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Science writing at its best
    This is an absolutly riviting books documenting the science and the people behind the centuries-old pursuit to make the first synthetic diamonds, as well as the new science of ultra-high-pressure that was developoed along the way. You'll leanr how peanut butter can be made into diamonds, how bombs are exploded underground to make ultra-fine diamond crystals, and how the highest pressures ever obtained by science are done with an apparatus that can fit in the palm of your hand. An absolute must for students of science and technology. ... Read more

    14. Masterpieces of the Mineral World : Treasures from the Houston Museum of Natural Science
    by Joel A. Bartsch, Mark Mauthner, Wendell E. Wilson
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    Asin: 0810967510
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
    Publisher: Abrams
    Sales Rank: 89340
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    The collection of natural mineral crystals housed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is the finest and best known in the world. Now the treasures of this singular collection are shown in resplendent photographs that will seduce both the connoisseur of beauty and the student of natural history.

    The spectacular and rare specimens on display here, from a huge imperial topaz crystal weighing more than 2,000 carats to a crystallized gold cluster that is one of the most highly coveted objects in the mineral kingdom, are true masterpieces, the Rembrandts and Picassos of the natural world. Like fine art, minerals are prized for their aesthetic qualities-color, luster, sculptural composition-and for their provenance. Avidly pursued by naturalists throughout the centuries, precious metals and gem crystals have a fascinating history. Stories regarding the pursuit and discovery of these precious natural objects, including tales of good luck and hardship, are related in these pages. Essays that explore connoisseurship in the mineral kingdom and chronicle the history of this noble pursuit add to the appeal of this unique volume. AUTHOR BIO: Wendell E. Wilson is editor and publisher of The Mineralogical Record. Joel A. Bartsch is curator of gems and minerals at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
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    15. The Complete Encyclopedia of Minerals (Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones)
    by Petr Korbel, Milan Novak
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    Asin: 0785815201
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
    Publisher: Book Sales
    Sales Rank: 210654
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must have book for rockhounds
    When I open this book I was amazed at the quality of the color pictures and all the info on each mineral. This book is an extreme value for the pictures alone. The pictures of rare and beautiful minerals are exceptional. The mineral information can be used for beginner on up, A must have book for any rockhound. ... Read more

    16. Igneous Rocks: A Classification and Glossary of Terms : Recommendations of the International Union of Geological Sciences Subcommission on the Systematics of Igneous Rocks
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    Asin: 052166215X
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-11)
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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    Decades of field and microscope studies, and more recent quantitative geochemical analyses have resulted in a vast, and sometimes overwhelming, array of nomenclature and terminology associated with igneous rocks.This book presents a complete classification of igneous rocks based on all the recommendations of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) Subcommission on the Systematics of Igneous Rocks.The glossary of igneous terms has been fully updated since the first edition and now includes 1633 entries, of which 312 are recommended by the Subcommission. ... Read more

    17. Manual of Mineralogy: After James D. Dana
    by Cornelius Klein, Jr. Cornelius S. Hurlbut, James Dwight Dana
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    Asin: 047157452X
    Catlog: Book (1993-05-01)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
    Sales Rank: 343306
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    Features new chapters on crystal chemistry and mineral stability diagrams, more logical treatments of morphology and internal crystal structure along with extensively revised chapters on mineral chemistry and physical properties. Includes outstanding illustrations, hand specimen photographs and transmission electron microscope structure projects. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough and Well Illustrated
    The book contains excellent diagrams, graphs and other illustrations, which are useful for all students. Although the CD has valuable tutorials for beginning students, the text is often too technical and "dry" for beginners. Besides discussing crystallography and mineralogy, the book also provides a good review of chemistry and methods for analyzing minerals. Overall, the book is an excellent reference for upper level undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Lower-level undergraduates may require a less technical textbook.

    4-0 out of 5 stars From a student's perspective
    I just finished the semester, so I think I have a pretty good feel for the book now. At the beginning I found it difficult simply because it occasionally used terms and diagrams before explaining them. As the semester progressed and I became more knowledgable about the subject, I found the textbook increasingly helpful and readable. Certainly there is a lot of good stuff in here, and the CD was unecessary but fun. Overall, it was a good complement to the lectures.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very useful tool for anyone learning about minerals
    I have used this book for my mineralogy class in college. I keep it as a reference. i believe my understanding of the physical properties of mineral could not have happened from lectures alone. It was this book which helped me and everyone in mineralogy classes throughout the U.S. There are easy to use tables and facts on almost every mineral you could come across in the field. I hope this book lasts with me the rest of my life.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Considerable improvement over the 19th and 20th editions.
    This text is often used in college mineralogy courses. As one having considerable experience with minerals before taking the college course, I found the 21st edition a distinct improvement over the two previous editions.

    The strengths of this edition are in its treatment of crystallography and of crystal chemistry (however, Bloss' Crystallography and Crystal Chemistry covers this well), mineral chemistry (compositional variation in minerals, calculation of analyses, etc.), x-ray crystallography, mineral stability diagrams, good line crystal diagrams in its systematic section, and a usefully organized index. Although this reviewer has often disliked determinative tables as a waste of space (checking entries takes time but is educational), those in this edition have been found useful to students.

    A few weaknesses are the removal of interfacial angles from this edition (even cleavage angles may aid in identification), the absence (except for hydrochloric acid upon a few carbonates) of most simple chemical tests upon samples, using cheap hardware store acids and reagents, and the absence of any passing reference to the subject of blowpipe analysis, a historical adjunct that served mineralogy as much as the Bunsen burner served chemistry. Although that is a separate subject not possibly treated adequately within a one-semester course, and not generally treated in college courses today, it is a historic part of our mineralogical heritage, and often can serve a useful purpose in the aid of identification of commoner species. A few notes as to its place in history, and a few text references for further study, would have been appreciated. However, the Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals, by Frederick H. Pough (Peterson field guide series) may serve as a useful complement to this text.

    This could use rewording in a few places, as some sentence structure (indeed some formula structure) may be found ambiguous, an example being formulas on page 75 to find a and c, which are not clear as to whether parts of these, as in the last paragraph on said page, are in the numerator or in the denominator... Another example is the use of the stereographic net, which I had quite a time figuring out from the text, and when I did I rewrote directions and pinned them up on the bulletin board of the geology dept. Kudos, however, to whomever put the stereonet inside the back cover of the text with the suggestion to photocopy it for use. Also the list, two pages past the last numbered page, of locations of some key tables and illustrations. Clarity of language is important to a student desiring to learn more about some aspect of the subject.

    It is difficult to rate books upon a number system, as objective reasons and examples are more informative. The rating, which seems to be required, is an average based upon my own personal opinion: 6.7. [DMM] ... Read more

    18. Dictionary of Geology & Mineralogy
    by Not Applicable (Na )
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    Asin: 0071410449
    Catlog: Book (2003-01-27)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
    Sales Rank: 115199
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    19. An Introduction to Mineral Sciences
    by Andrew Putnis
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    Asin: 0521429471
    Catlog: Book (1992-10-22)
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Sales Rank: 730007
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    The subject of mineralogy has moved away from the systematic treatment of mineral groups toward the study of the behavior of minerals in response to geological processes.It is vital that we understand the physics and chemistry of minerals as this response generally involves structural and chemical changes within individual minerals as well as reactions between minerals. This is the first text to provide an introduction to modern mineralogy for undergraduate students. The main, and often complex, concepts required to understand minerals and the processes that take place within them are presented in an easy to follow manner without any complex mathematical treatment. The book deals with solid-state transformations in minerals, which take place in response to changes in temperature and pressure, as well as introducing the basic crystallography, physics and chemistry needed to understand these processes. No knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics beyond high-school level is assumed. ... Read more

    20. Indium
    by Ulrich Schwarz-Schampera, Peter M. Herzig, Bundesanstalt Fur Geowissenschaften Und Rohstoffe
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    Asin: 3540431357
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-10)
    Publisher: Springer-Verlag Telos
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Indium by Schwarz-Schampera
    This book would be helpful for any project in inorganic chemistry. Indium has many medicinal and industrial/petro-chemical utilizations. For instance, it is used in the manufacture of control rods. It was discovered spectroscopically in the mid 1860s by Heronymus Richter .
    It melts at 157 C and boils at 2080 C with an atomic wt of
    114.82. It is rarely , if ever, found in free form. Typically,
    Indium is bound to sulfur according to In S3. It may be bound to
    zinc (zn) blendes, tungsten, tin and iron ores. It may be utilized in conjunction with bearing alloys, semi-conductors and
    medicinally. Specifically, Indium helps the body absorb and use
    more of the other trace minerals . It is known that the levels
    of copper and manganese in the kidneys are in direct proportion to the level of Indium. Generally, Indium exists in small amounts. It is insoluble and virtually non-existent in the food
    chain. To be of use as a nutrient, Indium must be bound to a
    sulfate to be water-soluble. Indium is being investigated for
    its positive role in reducing cancerous tumors. Its positive effects are also seen in pain management, inflammatory disease
    management & diabetes. Dietary supplementation is found in the
    Indium-sulfate liquid drop method of ingestion. This book would be perfect for a class project in chemistry at virtually every
    level in academe. The book has applications throughout industry,
    academe and medicine. The subject matter of the research contained in this
    work would require a considerable effort of time and expense to replicate. For this reason, the work has a unique value to a wide
    constituency of people in the scientific community. ... Read more

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