Donald Peck is a science teacher and writer, and amateur mineralogist. Mineral Identification is based on his 50 years of experience with mineral identification. He was encouraged in this endeavor by the late Joseph A. Mandarino, who wrote the Forward [sic].

The manual is organized into five parts containing forty-four chapters: Part I: Observing physical properties; Part II: Mineral identification using crystal morphology; Part III: Mineral identification using chemical analysis; Part IV: Mineral identification using optical properties; Part V: Putting it together. Extensive supplementary information is provided in six appendices. A CD contains three software applications: Min...

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