Rocks and minerals

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    Agates

    Agates: Treasures of the Earth is the first popular guide to agates. This fully illustrated book includes both a detailed introduction to the geology of agates and a comprehensive guide to agates of the world.

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    Amber

    Amber gives a fascinating overview of this prehistoric substance and its fossilized inclusions, describing how amber is formed from the resin of ancient trees, and where in the world this remarkable material can be found.

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    Close-up

    See animals, plants and crystals in a whole new light in this stunning book, full of amazing images created by scanning electron microscope (SEM).

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    Soils

    A well structured, comprehensive and extensively illustrated introduction to the soils of the world, written by William Dubbin, a mineralogist who has published widely on the mineralogy and chemistry of soils.

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    Search for Life

    Search for Life provides a stunning, comprehensive introduction to astrobiology - the study of life in the universe.

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    From the Beginning

    From the Beginning describes the history of Earth from its very beginnings to the planet we know today.

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    Meteorites

    In Meteorites, leading experts from the Natural History Museum provide a compelling and up-to-date introduction to these mysterious objects.

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    Great Caves of the World

    Visit some of the natural world’s most awe-inspiring surroundings in Great Caves of the World. This visual feast tours 28 of the most spectacular caves from across the globe, each chosen for its unique appeal.

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    Gold

    Gold examines all aspects of this most prized metal, from its scientific properties and mineralogy, to the myths that surround it and the eventful history of its exploitation.

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    Gemstones

    Gemstones have been a source of delight and fascination for many thousands of years. This book explores the nature of gems, their beauty, rarity and durability, and the mineral properties that govern these qualities.

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    Earth's Restless Surface

    Packed with colour photographs, maps and diagrams, this book reveals how to recognise past events recorded in rocks and considers the challenge of predicting the Earth’s future.

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    Diamonds

    Diamonds is designed for the luxury-lover in your life and for anyone who has ever felt the allure of these sparkling natural gems.

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    Crystals

    This second edition of Crystals provides an up-to-date and authoritative introduction to the world of crystalline materials.

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    Alkaline Rocks and Carbonatites of the World

    Alkaline rocks and carbonatites have the most varied and extreme compositions of all igneous rocks. This volume describes all the known occurrences in the former USSR.

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    Alkaline Rocks and Carbonatites of the World

    This book describes and provides ready access to the literature for all known occurrences of alkaline igneous rocks and carbonatites of Africa.

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    Quantitative Data File for Ore Minerals (3rd edition)

    The Quantitative Data File for Ore Minerals (QDF) is the most complete compilation of linked compositional and reflectance data available today.

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    Infrared Transmission Spectra of Carbonate Minerals

    This is a unique compilation of carefully selected authenticated carbonate mineral spectra and accompanying data.

  • Philip’s Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils cover
    Philip’s Guide to Minerals, Rocks and Fossils

    An authoritative and practical identification guide to minerals, rocks and fossils of the world.

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    Minerals

    This handy 8-page fold-out guide is designed to help readers identify and learn about 39 common minerals found around the world.

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    Amber

    In this new edition of Amber, Andrew Ross provides an engaging overview of this prehistoric substance and its fossilized inclusions.

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    Catalogue of Meteorites

    This fifth edition of Catalogue of Meteorites is an essential reference volume for all those with an informed interest in meteorites.

  • DK Eyewitness: Crystal and Gem
    Eyewitness: Crystal and Gem

    Crystals are all around us, even in our bodies! Open your eyes to their beauty, uses, structure and variety – from what gives them their amazing colours to how a Quartz watch works.

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