Gems and Minerals of the SouthwestBook - 2008
An accessible guide to identifying more than eighty minerals is a visual survey of the Southwest's most distinctive regional gems, stones, and woods, in a resource that covers familiar and lesser-known specimens while counseling enthusiasts on such topics as how to differentiate real gold from iron pyrite. Original.
The spectacular terrain of the American Southwest contains some equally spectacular gems and minerals. Jennifer Sano provides an easy-to-read resource for identifying more than 80 minerals, including both real gold and "fool's gold," familiar gems such as opal and garnet, and more surprising specimens like hairy blue-green cyanotrichite, fluorescent purple fluorite, petrified wood, and talc.
Turquoise, gold, silver, and many more exotic Western minerals.
Drawing on her background in journalism and geosciences, Sano provides budding rock hounds and other non-specialists with information about some of the minerals found in the southwestern area of the US. She focuses on those that are important as basic rock-forming minerals and for their prevalence throughout or uniqueness to the region or their cultural importance. Among the information is the chemical formula, class, crystal system, hardness, and sometimes companion minerals or metaphysical associations. The color photographs, besides illustrating the beauty of the stones, help hikers and others recognize them in the wild. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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