This book is a new volume in the Oxford University Press series of photographic guides and is aimed primarily at the serious amateur geologist. It is a compact guide to mineral identification in hand specimen with the aid of a hand lens, so detailed optical properties and topics such as X-ray diffraction are not covered. The book starts with a short section explaining what is meant by a mineral and how they are named. This followed by an excellent introduction to crystallography (at the morphological level) and includes discussions of the symmetry characteristics of each of the point groups and...

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