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The Mineral Collecting Titles Book Shelf

This selection of books are focused on the subject of mineral collecting - titles that should help people to assemble mineral collections in a systematic way as well as find palce to go "dig um up".



 
The Audubon Society Pocket Guide - Rocks and Minerals of North America
(Soft cover edition)
An excellent handbook of rocks and minerals found in North America.  Numerous color pictures of minerals - many with multiple examples - of various minerals and rocks make this a very informative handbook for field collecting and as a reference guide.



 
Dana's Minerals & 
How to Study Them
(Soft Cover)
This short, practical guide to the identification of hand specimen minerals utilizes simple methods of observation and inexpensive tools. Based on the Dana system of classification, it is a portable, everyday companion to the soon-to-be-published, comprehensive reference, Dana's New Mineralogy, Eighth Edition. 



 
Dana's New Mineralogy
(Hard Cover)
Following in the tradition of the "System of Mineralogy" introduced by Wiley in 1837, this one-of-a-kind reference brings mineralogy into the 21st century. It describes all of the over 3000 recognized mineral species. New features include emphasis on mineral structure, presenting descriptions of all the important species. New specially commissioned structure diagrams describe all the important mineral groups. All homologous species are classified and all polymorphic forms identified. Compact and convenient in one volume, it offers exceptional coverage on where minerals can be found and accurate, up-to-date references 



 
Rocks & Minerals 
(Soft cover edition)
This is another field guide. Its introductory section is brief; most of it is descriptive. The advantage of this guide are its text opposite its color photos, so you don't have to flip pages to match them; they are already together! Included also in the mineral part are crystal diagrams. Text includes name, formula, system, appearance, physical properties (for minerals), environment, occurrence, and uses (for rocks, components). There are 276 mineral entries and 101 rock entries. This may be the only common field guide with a good rocks section.. 



 
Rocks & Fossils
(Hard cover edition)

Comments from the Author: The title of the book was fixed. However in consultation with Fiona Doig, the Editor, I changed the concept from a catalogue of items, to a book on Plate Tectonics, that related minerals, rocks, fossils and also landforms to plate tectonic addresses (like Plate Centres, and Plate Margins, etc). This allowed the book to be a guide book to the entire world, once you could pin down your local PT address. The hard part was explaining plate tectonics in simple words, in a few double page spreads! Paul Willis, who did the fossils is now an ABC science reporter, and consultant. Robert Coenraads who did the menerals and gemstones, is a freelance consultant to the gemstone industry. I run tours that sound like the book, which is the text for our USA tours. We three (Australians) lead these tours. Fiona is an ex student of mine. . 



 
Minerals of the World
(Hard Cover)
Numerous color photos depicting some of the great examples of minerals from around the world! 



 
Mineral Collector's Handbook
(Soft cover edition)
(Hard cover edition)
Useful handbook to help the collector organize and catalog his or her mineral collection.  Full of other useful information about minerals too!



 
Collecting Gems and Minerals
(Hard Cover)
Introduces gems and minerals, explains how to build and display a collection of these precious stones, and describes a variety of such treasures for identification purposes. 
Learn the secrets of crystals, how gems and minerals are formed, and how they have been used throughout history. Then, find out where to look and what equipment and techniques to use for finding your own. With this informative manual as guide, you can enjoy the rewards of collecting. Breathtaking color photos showcase a wide range of stones.



 
Minerals of the World
(Soft Cover)
Featuring color-true photographs, the author's Rapid Indentification System, and concise yet detailed listings for more than 500 minerals, this perfect field guide for mineral collectors enables readers to speedily locate the possible "matches" of any mineral found in the field.



 
Minerals: Identifying, Learning About, 
and Collecting the 
Most Beautiful Minerals and Crystals 
(Soft cover edition)

Can you tell cacoxenite from walpurgite? If not, this new field guide will help you identify approximately 300 minerals by using two key tests: streak and hardness. Hochleitner's opening definition of what minerals are leads into a discussion of various properties: hardness, tenacity, density, streak, color, and cleavage. This is followed by sections on crystal forms, origins, modes of occurance, and gemstones.



 
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Minerals of California 
(Hard Cover)

Systematic accounting of minerals found in California.  Useful for anyone interested in looking for minerals in California. 



 
Guide to Idaho 
(Soft Cover)

Lanny Ream - producer of Mineral News - has a hands on guide for locating minerals and gems in Idaho. 



 
New Mexico Rockhounding 
(Soft Cover)

Hands on guide for locating minerals, fossils and gems in New Mexico. 



 
Guide to Montana 
(Soft Cover)

Lanny Ream - producer of Mineral News - has a hands on guide for locating minerals and gems in Montana. 



 
Antero Aquamarines: Minerals from the Mount Antero-White Mountain Region, Chaffee County, Colorado 
(Soft Cover)

Mount Antero has long been known to collectors as the best American locality for gemstone aquamarine, phenakite and bertrandite. Some of the finest smoky quartz crystals in Colorado have been found in this area. The aquamarines are found above treeline in the alpine tundra of Colorado's famed Collegiate Range. These mountains have attracted mineral collectors, gem cutters, backpackers, mountain climbers and adventurers for years. The lure of brilliant blue beryls from Mount Antero eventually led to Colorado naming aquamarine as the official state gemstone. Relatively few collectors outside of Colorado are aware of the mineral discoveries that have been made on Mount Antero or have ever seen specimens or photographs of the incredible mineral richness of this region. Mark Jacobson presents a vivid account of the discoveries of these gems and the exploits of many dedicated individuals spanning a 100 year history. . 



 
Guide to Arkansas Minerals 
(Soft Cover)

Collecting Arkansas Minerals is a guide for the rockhound and mineral collector to most of the mineral localities in Arkansas, especially those in the Ouachita Mountains. The guide provides access information, maps, complete descriptions of the localities and the minerals collectible. It includes color and black and white photographs and crystals drawings of the minerals and serves as an excellent reference and guide. 



 
Rockhounding Texas
(Soft Cover)

Find gemstones such as garnet, topaz, and opal in West and Central Texas. Fossils, large and small, are abundant statewide, as well as gemstone quality petrified wood and chalcendony in all forms: agate, flint, jasper, chrysoprase, carnelian, and onyx. The vastness and varied terrain of the Lone Star State provides a setting for a rockhound treasure chest. Rockhounding Texas, formerly The Rockhound's Guide to Texas describes 75 of the state's best rockhounding sites. Rockhounding Texas covers the popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas. It describes where and how to collect specimens as well as where to view premier gem and mineral exhibits. This handy guide includes maps and directions to each site with recommendations for accommodations, camping, and other special attractions. For the beginner, Rockhounding Texas offers a complete introduction to this many-faceted hobby. For the expert, it is an outstanding guide and sourcebook. 



 
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Collecting the Natural World: Legal Requirements & Personal Liability for Collecting Plants, Animals, Rocks, Minerals & Fossils 
(Soft Cover)

Written by a unique collaborative team of a leading paleontologist and a lawyer well-versed on public lands law, this timely guide presents practical guidelines and information about the rules and requirements that exist for collectors. Today's collectors are expected to know public policy, even when collecting with permission on private land. 

Whether you are a professional paleontologist or a weekend lepidopterist, this book will be useful to you no matter where your collecting passion takes you in the United States. The appendices include a complete listing of state and federal agencies that manage plants, animals, rocks, minerals and fossils, as well as listings of related societies and museums
 



 
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Handbook of Crystal and Mineral Collecting 
(Soft Cover)
Primer on assembling your first mineral collection.



 
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The Rockhound's Handbook 
(Soft Cover)
Useful information regarding the tools for mineral collecting and how to preserve what you find.



 
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Photographing Minerals, Fossils, and Lapidary Materials 
(Soft Cover)

Shows amateur and professional photographers techniques for photographing mineral, lapidary, and fossil specimens, illustrated with color and b&w photos. After an explanation of the basic concepts and equipment of photography, including medium and large formats, chapters detail techniques for photographing transparent and opaque materials, with advice on lighting techniques, filters, photomicrography, stereophotography, fluorescence, location photography, and slide presentations.  Jeff Scovil is recognized as one of the premier photographers of minerals in the world.



 
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Rocks, Minerals, Gems, Crystals, Fossils : The Complete Collector's Companion 
(Hard Cover)

Another useful reference tool for safe and productive field collecting.



 
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Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals 
(Soft cover)
Probably the best general description written for the layperson about how, where, and why gem and mineral deposits form. Invaluable information for the field collector and an excellent general introduction to the geology of mineral deposits.



 
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Mineral Deposits of North America 
(Soft Cover)
Profiles many of the large well know mineral deposits such as the copper mines in Arizona and the gold mines in California. 



 
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Mineralization in the British Isles 
(Hard Cover)

Drawing together information previously available only in the journal literature, this volume provides comprehensive reviews of the major orefields and metallogenic provinces in the British Isles. Each chapter, written by those active in research on the orefield described, discusses the characteristics of the mineralization in detail and reviews recent research and genetic models, placing the mineralization in a local and worldwide context. The introductory chapter provides an overview of mineralization in the British Isles, placing it in the context of the geological evolution of the British Isles from the Pre-Cambrian to the Tertiary.



 







                     
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