In this eye-opening monograph, Frederico Pezzotta, curator of the Natural History Museum, Milan, reviews the geology of the minerals and gemstones of the fourth largest island in the world. It is an elegant guide to Madagascar’s mineral localities, the source of some of the world’s most exceptional specimens of numerous mineral species.

A wealth of information is packed into this modest volume. An introductory index gives the selected mineral localities described, and there is a complete list of minerals (using IMA-approved nomenclature) known to occur in Madagascar. Then come succinct overviews of literature, traditions, collections, the history of the search...

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