Explore the treasures of the Earth with this guide to rocks and minerals, including crystals, gemstones, and fossils – ideal for every budding geologist. From primeval origins to their astonishing modern-day uses and appeal, this is the ultimate portrait of Earth’s geological riches – rocks, minerals, crystals, and gems. Also included is a look at other precious materials often prized for their beauty, such as amber, coral, ivory, and fossils. Learn how to identify more than 450 rock and mineral specimens through stunning photographs and detailed characteristics. Discover more about rocks and minerals through the folklore and historical artefacts, and find out the fascinating stories behind the world’s natural treasures, including the Hope diamond and the Great Mogul emerald. Plus, pick up practical advice on rock and mineral collecting, including how to cut, polish, and display your finds. Rocks and Minerals was produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the world’s largest museum complex, ensuring the guide’s accuracy.
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The Pebbles on the Beach (2018)
This is a spirited guide to the simple pleasure of pebble spotting. Clarence Ellis is a charming, knowledgeable and witty guide to everything you didn’t know there was to know about pebbles. He ruminates on what a pebble actually is, before showing us how they are formed, advising on the best pebble-spotting grounds in the UK, helping to identify individual stones, and giving tips on the necessary kit. You’ll know your chert from your schist, your onyx from your agate and will be on your guard for artificial intruders before you know it. Understanding the humble pebble makes a trip to the beach, lake-side or river bank simply that little bit more fascinating. A handy illustrated guide to identifying pebbles is included on the reverse of the book jacket.
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