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Books > Sport & Leisure > Natural history, country life & pets > Rocks, minerals & fossils

A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils (Paperback): Bob Gale, Pam Gale A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils (Paperback)
Bob Gale, Pam Gale; Photographs by Ashby Gale; Foreword by Rudy Mancke
R691 R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Save R124 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Compiled from decades of visiting beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts collecting fossils and conducting extensive research, A Beachcomber's Guide to Fossils is the definitive guide for amateur collectors and professionals interested in learning more about the deep history they tread on during their vacations. Authored by Bob, Pam, and Ashby Gale, this guide offers over twelve hundred high-quality color photographs and detailed descriptions of more than three hundred fossil specimens found on beaches from Texas, east to Florida, and north to New Jersey. The book includes descriptions and identifying information for the fossil remains of mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish. Because the tides provide a new beach to explore every day, and beachcombers need immediate comparison for identification, the Beachcomber's Guide is essential for quick and easy reference. And while the seemingly infinite varieties of shark teeth form much of what beachcombers find on their sandy strolls, this guide also illuminates the fossilized remains of species that walked in a different world. From glyptodonts (a giant, prehistoric armadillo) and giant sloths to the intricately patterned remains of the ancestors of manta rays and pufferfish, this book not only teaches its readers not only what treasures to look for but how to look for them.

Meteorite - How Stones from Outer Space Made Our World (Hardcover): Tim Gregory Meteorite - How Stones from Outer Space Made Our World (Hardcover)
Tim Gregory
R652 R528 Discovery Miles 5 280 Save R124 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Gem Magic - Precious Stones and Their Mystical Qualities (Hardcover): Raymond Walters Gem Magic - Precious Stones and Their Mystical Qualities (Hardcover)
Raymond Walters
R340 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Precious stones, gems and crystals have been valued throughout history not only for their rarity and expense, but for their mystical properties too. Garnet is rumoured to stimulate the heart, while the pearl offers the protection of the goddess Diana - coral, so-called 'witch-stone', is said to guard against the evil eye, and amethyst is said to prevent drunkenness. Gem Magic guides the reader through the uses of and stories surrounding a cornucopia of stones. Introducing the inherent properties of dazzling selection of gems, gemologist Raymond Walters describes how each stone is formed and its key properties, what beliefs have been associated with them through history and around the world, and both their scientific and occult uses. Famous stones, both real and mythical, are lyrically described - from the infamous Koh-i-Noor diamond to unicorn horn and bezoar.

Box of Rocks: Find. Understand. Collect. (Paperback): Nick Norman Box of Rocks: Find. Understand. Collect. (Paperback)
Nick Norman
R110 R88 Discovery Miles 880 Save R22 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Well-known geologist Nick Norman leads young readers into the absorbing world of geology. Budding rock collectors will find out all about the rocks that they’ll encounter in southern Africa, with a view to building their own rock collections.

Box of Rocks is packed with fascinating information about:

- how rocks form

- how to identify the different rock types

- what rocks are made of

- what different rocks are used for

- where to go to collect each rock type.

Readers will also learn about Stone Age tools, fossils and some of our best-known geological sites.

Spying on Whales - The Past, Present and Future of the World's Largest Animals (Paperback, Epub Edition): Nick Pyenson Spying on Whales - The Past, Present and Future of the World's Largest Animals (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Nick Pyenson 1
R268 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R60 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Whales are among the largest, most intelligent, deepest diving species to have ever lived on our planet. We have hunted them for thousands of years and scratched their icons into our mythologies. They simultaneously fill us with waves of terror, awe and affection - yet we know hardly anything about them. Whales tend to only enter our awareness when they die, struck by a ship or stranded in the surf. They evolved from land-roaming, dog-like creatures into animals that move like fish, breathe like us, can grow to 300,000 pounds, live 200 years and roam entire ocean basins. Yet despite centuries of observing whales, we know little about their evolutionary past. Palaeontologist Nick Pyenson takes us to the ends of the earth and to the cutting edge of whale research as he searches for the answers to some of our biggest questions about these graceful giants. His rich storytelling takes us deep inside the Smithsonian's unparalleled fossil collection, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert of Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whalebone site on earth. Spying on Whales is an illuminating story of scientific discovery that brings readers closer to the most enigmatic and beloved animals of all time.

Sasol First Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals of Southern Africa (Paperback): Bruce Cairncross Sasol First Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals of Southern Africa (Paperback)
Bruce Cairncross
R90 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R18 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

First Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals, the latest addition to the popular Struik Nature series, introduces the most important and interesting rocks and minerals from our geologically exciting region.

The guide details 30 minerals and 18 major rock types, focusing on those that are best known or most commonly found. A short introduction provides an overview of the topic; colourful photographs throughout, both of the rocks and minerals and of the particular terrain in which they are found, complement the clear text and aid identification in the field.

First Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals is a useful resource for the beginner geologist, curious novice, or anyone with a budding interest in southern Africa's unique geological heritage.

Early Humans (Hardcover): Nicholas Ashton Early Humans (Hardcover)
Nicholas Ashton
R1,548 R1,062 Discovery Miles 10 620 Save R486 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Our understanding of the British Palaeolithic and Mesolithic has changed dramatically over the last three decades, and yet not since H. J. Fleure's A Natural History of Man in Britain (1951) has the New Naturalist Library included a volume focused on the study of early humans and their environment. In this long overdue new book, distinguished archaeologist Nick Ashton uncovers the most recent findings, following the remarkable survival and discovery of bones, stone tools and footprints which allow us to paint a picture of the first human visitors to this remote peninsula of north-west Europe. As part of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project and subsequent research, Ashton is involved in an unrivalled collaborative effort involving archaeologists, palaeontologists, and earth scientists at different British institutes, including the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book explores the latest discoveries such as footprints at Happisburgh, Norfolk that are thought to be nearly one million years old, flint artefacts at Pakefield in Suffolk and mammoth remains at West Runton, among others. These remarkable remnants help our quest to unravel the interactions between the changing environments and their ancient human occupants, as well as their lifestyles and migrations. Early humans colonised our remote corner of the European mainland time and again, despite being faced with ice age climates with far-reaching consequences. Setting the scene on the Norfolk coast almost a million years ago, Ashton tells the story of the fauna, flora and developing geography of Britain against the backdrop of an ever-changing climate. Above all, he explores how early people began as brief visitors to this wild remote land, but over time through better ways of acquiring food and developing new technologies, they began to tame, shape and dominate the countryside we see today.

Sasol First Field Guide to Gemstones of Southern Africa (Paperback): Bruce Cairncross Sasol First Field Guide to Gemstones of Southern Africa (Paperback)
Bruce Cairncross
R90 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R18 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Sasol First Field Guide to Gemstones of Southern Africa is a fascinating guide to the gemstones of the region. Full-colour photo graphs and easy-to-read text will help the beginner and budding naturalist to identify the more common gemstones that occur in southern Africa, discover where they are found, and learn about their unusual features.

Tracking the Golden Isles - The Natural and Human Histories of the Georgia Coast (Hardcover): Anthony J. Martin Tracking the Golden Isles - The Natural and Human Histories of the Georgia Coast (Hardcover)
Anthony J. Martin; Photographs by Ruth Schowalter, Michael Flores, R Kelley Vance, Gale Bishop
R705 R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Save R140 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With this collection of essays, Anthony J. Martin invites us to investigate animal and human traces on the Georgia coast and the remarkable stories these traces, both modern and fossil, tell us. Readers will learn how these traces enabled geologists to discover that the remains of ancient barrier islands still exist on the lower coastal plain of Georgia, showing the recession of oceans millions of years ago. First, Martin details a solid but approachable overview of Georgia barrier island ecosystems - maritime forests, salt marshes, dunes, beaches - and how these ecosystems are as much a product of plant and animal behavior as they are of geology. Martin then describes animal tracks, burrows, nests, and other traces and what they tell us about their makers. He also explains how trace fossils can document the behaviors of animals from millions of years ago, including those no longer extant. Next, Martin discusses the relatively scant history - scarcely five thousand years - of humans on the Georgia coast. He takes us from the Native American shell rings on Sapelo Island to the cobbled streets of Savannah paved with the ballast stones of slave ships. He also describes the human introduction of invasive animals to the coast and their effects on native species. Finally, Martin's epilogue introduces the sobering idea that climate change, with its resultant extreme weather and rising sea levels, is the ultimate human trace affecting the Georgia coast. Here he asks how the traces of the past and present help us to better predict and deal with our uncertain future.

Sasol Eerste Veldgids tot Gesteentes & Minerale van Suider-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback): Bruce Cairncross Sasol Eerste Veldgids tot Gesteentes & Minerale van Suider-Afrika (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Bruce Cairncross
R90 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R18 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Eerste Veldgids tot Gesteentes & Minerale, die jongste toevoeging tot die gewilde Struik Nature-reeks, stel die belangrikste en interessantste gesteentes en minerale van ons geologies opwindende streek bekend.

Die gids beskryf 30 minerale en 18 belangrike soorte gesteentes, met die klem op diť wat die bekendste of algemeenste is. ’n Kort inleiding gee ’n oorsig van die onderwerp; kleurryke foto’s van die gesteentes en minerale sowel as van die besondere terrein waarin hulle voorkom, vul die helder teks deurgaans aan en help met uitkenning in die veld.

Eerste Veldgids tot Gesteentes & Minerale is ’n nuttige hulpmiddel vir die aspirant-geoloog, weetgierige amateur, of enigeen met ’n ontluikende belangstelling in Suider-Afrika se unieke geologiese erfenis.

Fantastic Fossils - A Guide to Finding and Identifying Prehistoric Life (Hardcover): Donald R. Prothero Fantastic Fossils - A Guide to Finding and Identifying Prehistoric Life (Hardcover)
Donald R. Prothero
R784 R723 Discovery Miles 7 230 Save R61 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Nothing fills us with a sense of wonder like fossils. What looks at first like a simple rock is in fact a clue that reveals the staggering diversity of ancient environments, the winding pathways of evolution, and the majesty of a vanished earth. But as much as one might daydream of digging a hole in the backyard and finding a Tyrannosaurus, only a few places contain these buried treasures, and when a scientist comes across a remnant of prehistoric life, great care must be taken. What do budding paleontologists need to know before starting their search? In Fantastic Fossils, Donald R. Prothero offers an accessible, entertaining, and richly illustrated guide to the paleontologist's journey. He details the best places to look for fossils, the art of how to find them, and how to classify the major types. Prothero provides expert wisdom about typical fossils that an average person can hope to collect and how to hunt fossils responsibly and ethically. He also explores the lessons that both common and rarer discoveries offer about paleontology and its history, as well as what fossils can tell us about past climates and present climate change. Captivating illustrations by the paleoartist Mary Persis Williams bring to life hundreds of important specimens. Offering valuable lessons for armchair enthusiasts and paleontology students alike, Fantastic Fossils is an essential companion for all readers who have ever dreamed of going in search of traces of a lost world.

Bivalves - Fossil Focus Guide (Pamphlet): M. Woods Bivalves - Fossil Focus Guide (Pamphlet)
M. Woods
R86 Discovery Miles 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An illustrated guide to introduction to major fossil groups.

Pocket Guide Rocks & Minerals of Southern Africa (Paperback): Bruce Cairncross Pocket Guide Rocks & Minerals of Southern Africa (Paperback)
Bruce Cairncross
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This handy pocket guide presents the most fascinating and important rocks and minerals found in southern Africa. Accounts include diagnostic information, full-color photographs, concise descriptions, uses, and detailed information on where species occur.Physical characteristics of each mineral are summarized in tinted panels, and handy icons show other important information.

The rock section discusses how the three main rock types form. Pocket Guide: Rocks & Minerals of Southern Africa will be invaluable both to amateur geologists and budding collectors.

The Gulf of Mexico Sedimentary Basin - Depositional Evolution and Petroleum Applications (Hardcover): John W. Snedden, William... The Gulf of Mexico Sedimentary Basin - Depositional Evolution and Petroleum Applications (Hardcover)
John W. Snedden, William E Galloway
R2,007 Discovery Miles 20 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Gulf of Mexico Basin is one of the most prolific hydrocarbon-producing basins in the world, with an estimated endowment of 200 billion barrels of oil equivalent. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the basin, spanning the US, Mexico and Cuba. Topics covered include conventional and unconventional reservoirs, source rocks and associated tectonics, basin evolution from the Mesozoic to Cenozoic Era, and different regions of the basin from mature onshore fields to deep-water subsalt plays. Cores, well logs and seismic lines are all discussed providing local, regional and basin-scale insights. The scientific implications of seminal events in the basin's history are also covered, including sedimentary effects of the Chicxulub Impact. Containing over 200 color illustrations and 50 stratigraphic cross-sections and paleogeographic maps, this is an invaluable resource for petroleum industry professionals, as well as graduate students and researchers interested in basin analysis, sedimentology, stratigraphy, tectonics and petroleum geology.

Early Humans (Paperback): Nicholas Ashton Early Humans (Paperback)
Nicholas Ashton
R918 R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Save R265 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Our understanding of the British Palaeolithic and Mesolithic has changed dramatically over the last three decades, and yet not since H. J. Fleure's A Natural History of Man in Britain (1951) has the New Naturalist Library included a volume focused on the study of early humans and their environment. In this long overdue new book, distinguished archaeologist Nick Ashton uncovers the most recent findings, following the remarkable survival and discovery of bones, stone tools and footprints which allow us to paint a picture of the first human visitors to this remote peninsula of north-west Europe. As part of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project and subsequent research, Ashton is involved in an unrivalled collaborative effort involving archaeologists, palaeontologists, and earth scientists at different British institutes, including the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the book explores the latest discoveries such as footprints at Happisburgh, Norfolk that are thought to be nearly one million years old, flint artefacts at Pakefield in Suffolk and mammoth remains at West Runton, among others. These remarkable remnants help our quest to unravel the interactions between the changing environments and their ancient human occupants, as well as their lifestyles and migrations. Early humans colonised our remote corner of the European mainland time and again, despite being faced with ice age climates with far-reaching consequences. Setting the scene on the Norfolk coast almost a million years ago, Ashton tells the story of the fauna, flora and developing geography of Britain against the backdrop of an ever-changing climate. Above all, he explores how early people began as brief visitors to this wild remote land, but over time through better ways of acquiring food and developing new technologies, they began to tame, shape and dominate the countryside we see today.

Bad Luck, Hot Rocks - Conscience Letters and Photographs from the Petrified Forest (Paperback): Bad Luck, Hot Rocks - Conscience Letters and Photographs from the Petrified Forest (Paperback)
R702 R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Save R137 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Petrified Forest National Park in Northeast Arizona protects one of the largest deposits of petrified wood in the world. Despite stern warnings, visitors remove several tons of petrified wood from the park each year, often returning these rocks by mail (sometimes years later), accompanied by a "conscience letter." These letters often include stories of misfortune attributed directly to their theft: car troubles, cats with cancer, deaths of family members, etc. Some writers hope that by returning these stolen rocks, good fortune will return to their lives, while others simply apologize or ask forgiveness. "They are beautiful," reads one letter, "but I can't enjoy them. They weigh like a ton of bricks on my conscience. Sorry ." "Bad Luck, Hot Rocks" documents this ongoing phenomenon, combining a series of original photographs of these otherworldly "bad luck rocks" with facsimiles of intimate, oddly entertaining letters from the park's archives.

Dinosaurs - A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (Poster, 2nd ed.): James Kavanagh Dinosaurs - A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species (Poster, 2nd ed.)
James Kavanagh; Illustrated by Raymond Leung
R173 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R9 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Southern Africa (Paperback): Bruce Cairncross Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Southern Africa (Paperback)
Bruce Cairncross
R380 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R76 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Southern Africa boasts many spectacular examples of rocks and minerals; volcanic lava make up the dramatic

Drakensberg mountain range, granite mountains form stunning scenery in Namibia and Zimbabwe, and some of the most ancient rocks on Earth - over 3000 million years old - are to be found on the subcontinent. The region is home to many important and interesting minerals, as well as a wide array of beautiful gemstones - diamonds from South Africa, emeralds from Zimbabwe and tourmalines from Namibia.

Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Southern Africa is the first definitive field guide to document the common, rare and unusual rocks and minerals of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and southern Mozambique.

Supported by more than 500 full-color photographs, the text describes in detail a wide range of the region's common and attractive rocks and minerals. Authoritative information is presented in a user-friendly manner and is enlivened by box and panel features.

It will appeal to mineral collectors, geologists, gemologists, students, and anyone with an interest in the natural environment.

Diamonds - An Early History of the King of Gems (Hardcover): Jack Ogden Diamonds - An Early History of the King of Gems (Hardcover)
Jack Ogden
R921 Discovery Miles 9 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A lavishly illustrated, in-depth early history covering two thousand years of diamond jewelry and commerce, from the Indian mines to European merchants, courts, and workshops This richly illustrated history of diamonds illuminates myriad facets of the "king of gems," including a cast of larger-than-life characters such as Alexander the Great, the Mughal emperor Jahangir, and East India Company adventurers. It's an in-depth study tracing the story of diamonds from their early mining and trade more than two thousand years ago to the 1700s, when Brazil displaced India as the world's primary diamond supplier. Jack Ogden, a historian and gemologist specializing in ancient gems and jewelry, describes the early history of diamond jewelry, the development of diamond cutting, and how diamonds were assessed and valued. The book includes more than one hundred captivating images, from close-up full-color photographs of historic diamond-set jewelry (some previously unpublished), to photomicrographs of individual gems and illustrations of medieval manuscripts, as well as diagrams depicting historical methods of cutting and polishing diamonds.

Trace Metals in the Environment and Living Organisms - The British Isles as a Case Study (Hardcover): Philip S. Rainbow Trace Metals in the Environment and Living Organisms - The British Isles as a Case Study (Hardcover)
Philip S. Rainbow
R3,358 Discovery Miles 33 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Trace metals play key roles in life - all are toxic above a threshold bioavailability, yet many are essential to metabolism at lower doses. It is important to appreciate the natural history of an organism in order to understand the interaction between its biology and trace metals. The countryside and indeed the natural history of the British Isles are littered with the effects of metals, mostly via historical mining and subsequent industrial development. This fascinating story encompasses history, economics, geography, geology, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, ecology, ecotoxicology and above all natural history. Examples abound of interactions between organisms and metals in the terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine, coastal and oceanic environments in and around the British Isles. Many of these interactions have nothing to do with metal pollution. All organisms are affected from bacteria, plants and invertebrates to charismatic species such as seals, dolphins, whales and seabirds. All have a tale to tell.

Introduction to Plant Fossils (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Christopher J. Cleal, Barry A. Thomas Introduction to Plant Fossils (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Christopher J. Cleal, Barry A. Thomas
R1,020 Discovery Miles 10 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Plant remains can preserve a critical part of history of life on Earth. While telling the fascinating evolutionary story of plants and vegetation across the last 500 million years, this book also crucially offers non-specialists a practical guide to studying, dealing with and interpreting plant fossils. It shows how various techniques can be used to reveal the secrets of plant fossils and how to identify common types, such as compressions and impressions. Incorporating the concepts of evolutionary floras, this second edition includes revised data on all main plant groups, the latest approaches to naming plant fossils using fossil-taxa and techniques such as tomography. With extensive illustrations of plant fossils and living plants, the book encourages readers to think of fossils as once-living organisms. It is written for students on introductory or intermediate courses in palaeobotany, palaeontology, plant evolutionary biology and plant science, and for amateurs interested in studying plant fossils.

Darwin's Fossils - Discoveries that shaped the theory of evolution (Paperback): Adrian Lister Darwin's Fossils - Discoveries that shaped the theory of evolution (Paperback)
Adrian Lister
R414 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R95 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Charles Darwin's voyage on the HMS Beagle was a journey that would revolutionise our understanding of the natural world and our place in it. The magisterial work it spawned, On the Origin of Species, is widely associated with the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. Less well known is Darwin's passion for geology and how his fossil discoveries in South America - by demonstrating the relationship between extinct lifeforms and living species - shaped his theory of evolution. This is the story of those fossil-hunting adventures in the 1830s, the pioneering science behind the fossils he found, and how these remarkable discoveries played a crucial role in forging Darwin's revolutionary ideas.

Dinosaurs - How they lived and evolved (Paperback): Darren Naish, Paul M Barrett Dinosaurs - How they lived and evolved (Paperback)
Darren Naish, Paul M Barrett 1
R420 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R94 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the Victorian golden age of dinosaur discovery to the cutting edge of twenty-first century fossil forensics Dinosaurs unravels the mysteries of the most spectacular group of animals our planet has ever seen. Despite facing drastic climatic conditions including violent volcanic activity, searing temperatures and rising and plunging sea levels, the dinosaurs formed an evolutionary dynasty that ruled the Earth for more than 150 million years. Darren Naish and Paul Barrett reveal the latest scientific findings about dinosaur anatomy, behaviour, and evolution. They also demonstrate how dinosaurs survived the great extinction at the end of the Cretaceous Period and continued to evolve and thrive alongside us, existing today as an incredibly diverse array of birds that are the direct descendants of theropods. Dinosaurs is lavishly illustrated with specimens from the Natural History Museum's own collections, along with explanatory diagrams and charts and full-colour artistic reconstructions of dinosaur behaviour.

Geology - A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Rocks, Minerals, Gemstones & Fossils (Pamphlet): James Kavanagh, Waterford Press Geology - A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Rocks, Minerals, Gemstones & Fossils (Pamphlet)
James Kavanagh, Waterford Press; Illustrated by Raymond Leung
R158 R147 Discovery Miles 1 470 Save R11 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Geology is the perfect pocket-sized, folding guide for the nature enthusiast. The guide simply explains geological processes, the differences between rocks, minerals and gemstones, the most common types North American rocks and minerals and the best rockhounding locations. It also reviews the most common North American fossils and the tools an amateur geologist should take into the field in order to positively identify different types of rocks and minerals. Created and printed in the USA, this guide was updated in 2012 with a new cover design and updated information. Laminated for durability, this handy guide is a great source of portable information and ideal for field use by novices and experts alike.

The Illustrated Guide to Rocks & Minerals - How to find, identify and collect the world's most fascinating specimens, with... The Illustrated Guide to Rocks & Minerals - How to find, identify and collect the world's most fascinating specimens, with over 800 detailed photographs (Hardcover)
John Farndon
R463 R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Save R86 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of rocks and minerals, as well as how to build your own collection. An extensive introduction section describes the impact of factors such as time, weather and water erosion on the development of these substances, and the part played by natural phenomena such as volcanoes and earthquakes. Specimens are grouped according to their chemical composition and characteristics, and all entries include quick-reference identification checklists to aid recognition. A scientific introduction looks at the origins of these materials and their impact on the landscape, with examples of striking natural formations and explanatory diagrams. The amateur geologist is shown how to identify specimens by their appearance, texture, hardness, and density, as well as how to extract samples safely, how to clean and store rocks and minerals, and build and present their own collection. Featuring over 800 images, this book is a classic illustrated encyclopedia and field guide on an endlessly fascinating and richly consuming subject.

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