Calcite, with its subtitle “The mineral with the most forms” is an exemplary initiative by Lapis International to present the wonders of natural history to the population at large and to popularize the science of mineralogy in general. It presents a splendid succession of insights into the nature and occurrence of calcite that is bound to surprise and delight all mineral lovers. The twenty-three chapters of this tidy 114-page volume are here grouped for convenience by this reviewer into three main topics and sections: 1) mineralogy–crystallography (p. 1–47); 2) important localities (p. 48–90), and 3) photogallery (p....

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