This new guide aims to promote interest in minerals by providing clear, concise text accompanied by informative illustrations. Part I (73 pp) deals with crystallography, together with sections on the formation and growth of crystals, and on their chemical optical and physical properties. Mineral descriptions form part II (322 pp), and the tables in part III include mineral properties and the Periodic Table. There is a glossary and index. The 616 illustrations include a few line-diagrams illustrating crystallography, but most are completely stunning colour photographs of hand specimens of minerals, so near perfection that one can instantly recognize most of...

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