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Handbook of Rocks, Minerals, and Gemstones

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This handbook includes more than 600 stunning color photographs showing rocks, minerals, and gems from all over the world. Each specimen is described ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.667

Great Book

by patmoloney on Jun 28, 2012

Excellent condition, better than advertised and just what I was looking for, thank you


Good book

by RonM on Dec 16, 2010

I am happy with the book contents which cover the subject well.


Become a Rock Detective

by Toolmaster on Mar 5, 2010

Rocks, Minerals & Gemstones by Walter Schumann copyright 1993 (Original German edition copyright 1985) 380 pages a Great book for identifying a rock using its geological properties. Aproximately 600 rocks, minerals and gemstones are identified by a photograph and their chemical composition, hardness, specific gravity, cleavage, color, streak, luster, transparency, crystal system, magnetism, fracture, luminescence and others. Only applicable properties listed for each specimen. Does not list the refractive index or spectrum. The book describes some of the simpler identification tests such as streak, hardness and specific gravity, but not any of the instruments used for gemstones(These are described in Schumann's other books, Minerals of the World and gemstones of the World). A great book that goes beyond the information of the field guides.

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