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National Geographic Pocket Guide to Rocks and Minerals of North America
This basic beginner's field guide to North American geology helps anyone identify common rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, and land formations. In a logical, user-friendly, highly visual format, this new title - one of an expanding collection of National Geographic pocket guides - offers key facts about dozens of rocks and minerals, how to hunt and identify them, where and how to go looking. The book also pictures and explains the fossils most likely to be found and the fundamental land and rock formations in the North American landscape. With 160 entries, formatted with clear language, key identification points, carefully chosen photographs, and expertly drafted illustrations, this guide is the perfect starting point for anyone, young or old, interested in the study of rocks and geology.
The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones
For goldsmiths, collectors, jewelry-makers, investors, retailers and consumers. The trade of gemstones is a highly specialized and often secretive business. The Jeweler's Directory of Gemstones - written by an expert gemstone dealer and designer - will provide any consumer with the insider knowledge needed to make accurate judgments of gemstones, to recognize low- and high-quality stones, and to make a good buy rather than a bad one. Each full-color spread is packed with concise text, annotated drawings and beautiful photographs, including a showcase of virtuoso jewelry designs.
Agates: Treasures of the Earth
Whether you are a seasoned expert or just beginning your collection, Agates is an indispensable resource to the rich geological and cultural significance of these beautiful stones. With wonderful color photographs of stunning agates throughout, this book includes: Illustrated guide to the different varieties of agates from around the world• Introduction to their geology and formation• Comprehensive identification guide• Uses of agates throughout the ages
Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History
A beautifully presented guide to the minerals that have shaped and defined our lives. Weaving strands of economic, cultural, political and industrial history, each entry gives a fascinating perspective on the scope and pace of human development, and the dangers posed by our exploitation of Earth's resources.
The Big Book of Bling (National Geographic Kids)
Feast your eyes on the most brilliant bling from around the world in this opulent opus, celebrating iridescent animals, things that glitter and glow, a wealth of shiny wonders, and more lavish luxuries from our planet.Did you know that with its 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies the British imperial state crown weighs more than a guinea pig? Or if you have $3.5 million to spare you can buy a solid gold toilet? Or that there's a cave in Mexico containing giant crystals that are as long as a school bus?From upscale splurges to flashy fun in nature, this treasure trove is filled with wonders that will dazzle and delight. Read about how nature struts its stuff with tantalizing tidbits about animals, including a few that literally glitter with iridescence to confuse predators. Or maybe you'll strike it rich after reading about Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, U.S.A., where anyone can go hunt for sparkling gems. Dig into info about the world's mysterious minerals, gorgeous geodes, and ritzy rocks. Discover extravagant expenditures like Canada's million-dollar solid gold coin. Learn all about the splendid science of diamonds that rain from the sky in space. Get the secret behind glowing bioluminescence. And go back in time to uncover palatial palaces, the riches of royalty, and other ancient treasures.To show off the lush content in proper fashion, readers will be dazzled by hundreds of fun flashy photos throughout.
Meteorites: The Story of Our Solar System
Meteorites are natural objects that have fallen from space to the Earth's surface. Once considered bad omens, they are now recognized as a unique window onto the processes that forged the formation of the solar system 4,570 million years ago. They reveal how impacts have shaped and modified planets, asteroids and moons; and they even contain evidence of astrophysical phenomena that occurred long before our solar system was born.This book contains all the latest information on key meteorite falls and considers some of the big questions that still remain - such as whether our solar system is unusual in creating a planet that supports life, and if it is likely we will find complex life elsewhere. With a mix of photographs, diagrams and maps, Meteorites is essential reading for all those with an interest in the nature of our solar system.
Gems of the World (Revised and Updated)
With richly detailed artwork and diagrams, and superb color photographs, Gems of the World provides invaluable information for gemologists and jewelers alike on the world's most commonly occurring gemstones.This edition has been revised and thoroughly updated. Changes and new features include updated maps of recently established diamond bourses and geographical country changes, plus new gem varieties and localities where they are found, new techniques for producing synthetic gemstones and simulants, and much more.Alongside comprehensive text from leading gemologist Cally Oldershaw, Gems of the World provides:• descriptions of more than 130 varieties of gemstone• over 900 photographs of gems, crystals and jewelry• more than 50 drawings and diagrams• a color key to identifying gems• world maps showing important gem locations and trading centers
The Firefly Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Gems
The practical and comprehensive on-the-go nature guide.Get to know and identify more than 350 minerals, gemstones, and rocks.Several photos and drawings per specimen.Color-coded for quick identification.Detailed information directly on the image.
Guide to Minerals, Rocks & Fossils
Bishop, A., C.
This new edition of a classic reference work has been completely revised, updated and redesigned, and includes new extended introductory sections and appendices. This is an invaluable handbook for amateur collectors and specialists alike. It's also small and compact enough to carry in your pocket or backpack. Over 600 specimens in full color. Every specimen described in detail and illustrated. Over 300 line drawings identifying structures and features.
A well-illustrated reference for agates including an introduction to their geology and formation, a comprehensive identification guide and listings for where they can be found around the world.
Fossils: A Photographic Field Guide
This title offers a new, reformatted and updated edition of this popular title which is suitable for experts and armchair enthusiasts alike. Fossils: A Photographic Field Guide will appeal to anyone interested in uncovering the many mysteries of the subject. Easy to use, highly informative and illustrated throughout with amazing color photographs, this title covers all classifications of fossils, with more than 190 fossils from around the world featured. Information given for each fossil includes its genus name, the main identifying characteristics of the genus, its maximum or average size, information about its occurrence, and general information pertaining to either the genus or the particular specimen featured. A quick reference guide to the geological range of each genus is also included in the form of an icon, which sits beside each genus name. Box features are peppered throughout the book, providing information on a number of topics relevant to a featured fossil's family or order. A geological timescale is also provided to help the reader to gain a sense of temporal perspective and also to complete the identification process. An easy-to-use, clear recognition guide, this book cuts through the complexities of fossil identification, making the process straightforward and simple.
Amber: The Natural Time Capsule
Amber is an engaging overview of this natural substance. It also explores how the fossilized inclusions trapped in the golden resin of spruce trees provide a superb record of prehistoric species and habitats. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this book includes all the current knowledge and ongoing research, such as:• How amber is formed from the resin of ancient trees• The fascinating process by which amber preserves natural specimens• The secrets amber can reveal• Types of amber• Where amber can be found• The role of amber in science and art• Practical advice on how to distinguish genuine amber from fakes• Recent discoveries and developments
An exploration of the science and glamour of diamonds: why they are highly valued, what are their unique properties, the history including diamond rushes and famous diamonds, how they are cut, jewelry and fashion design.
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