Best Rock & Mineral Field Guides Books
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1. Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks & Minerals (Smithsonian Handbooks) (DK Smithsonian Handbook)
Author: by Chris Pellant
Created in association with Smithsonian Institution, this authoritative guide features more than 500 rocks and minerals. Packed with photographs and details on characteristics, distinguishing features, and more, Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks and Minerals makes identification easy. Designed for beginning and experienced collectors alike, this guide explains what rocks and minerals are, how they are classified, and how to start a collection.
Look up different rocks and minerals, and find clear, annotated photography to pick out the key distinguishing features. Learn the differences between igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, and reference the glossary for many more technical and scientific terms. Smithsonian Handbooks: Rocks and Minerals is filled with information about characteristics, colors, unique attributes, and more, making it one of the clearest identification guides for rock and mineral enthusiasts.
2. Michigan Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Great Lake State (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)
Author: by Dan R. Lynch
Your Must-Have Guide to Michigan’s Rocks and Minerals Get the perfect guide to rocks and minerals of the Great Lake State!This book by Dan R. Lynch and Bob Lynch features comprehensive entries for 96 Michigan rocks and minerals, from common rocks to rare finds.
Learn from the fascinating information about everything from Petoskey stone and copper to gold and agates. The easy-to-use format means you’ll quickly find what you need to know and where to look. The authors’ incredible, sharp, full-color photographs depict the detail needed for identificationno need to guess from line drawings.
With this field guide in hand, identifying and collecting is fun and informative.
3. Rockhounding Oregon: A Guide to the State's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series)
Author: by Lars Johnson
This book provides detailed directions and GPS coordinates to the best rockhounding sites in Oregon, with valuable tips on what to tools to bring and how to conduct your search. Comprehensive lists of minerals or fossils for each site and excellent color photos will help you know what to look for and to identify what you’ve found.
Information on clubs, rock shops, museums, and special attractions are provided. Rockhounding Oregon is a must-have for anyone interested in collecting their own minerals, gems, and fossils in the region.
4. Rocks & Minerals of Washington and Oregon: A Field Guide to the Evergreen and Beaver States (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)
Author: by Dan R. Lynch
Your Must-Have Guide to the Rocks and Minerals of Washington and Oregon. Get the perfect guide to rocks and minerals in the Evergreen and Beaver States!This book by Dan R. Lynch and Bob Lynch features comprehensive entries for 124 Washington and Oregon rocks and minerals, from common rocks to rare finds.
Learn from the fascinating information about everything from jasper and thunder eggs to gold and petrified wood. The easy-to-use format means you’ll quickly find what you need to know and where to look. The authors’ incredible, sharp, full-color photographs depict the detail needed for identificationno need to guess from line drawings.
With this field guide in hand, identifying and collecting is fun and informative.
5. Gemstones of the World: Newly Revised Fifth Edition
Author: by Walter Schumann
This is truly the ultimate one-volume book every hobbyist, jeweler, jewelry maker, and rockhound will ever need! Following the spectacular success of the first four editions of Gemstones of the World, the revised fifth edition exhibits important updates and a beautiful new cover.
All the gemstones ever discoverednow over 1,900are treated in their many variations. More than 1,500 full-color photos showcase each precious and semiprecious stone in both its rough natural state and its polished and cut renditions. Each entry offers complete information on a gemstone’s formation and structure, physical properties and characteristics, methods of working, cutting, and polishing.
You’ll find full treatments of lesser-known gems, from andalusite to vesuvian, and a special section devoted to rocks as precious stones, including alabaster, onyx, obsidian, and fossils. Organic gem materials, such as coral, ivory, amber, and pearl, are also covered along with new-on-the-market stones like charcoite.
6. Rock and Gem: The Definitive Guide to Rocks, Minerals, Gemstones, and Fossils
Author: by Ronald Bonewitz
Explore the treasures of the Earth sparkling crystals, vibrant gemstones, and age-old fossils with this illustrated guide that’s sure to captivate every rockhound and budding gemologist. 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 focussed 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 folklore and historical artifacts, and find out the fascinating stories behind the world’s natural treasures, including the Hope diamond and the Great Mogul emerald.
Practical advice on cutting, polishing, and displaying your finds further equips you with all the knowledge needed to delve into the world of rock and mineral collecting. Rock and Gem were produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the world’s largest museum complex, ensuring the guide’s accuracy.
7. National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
Author: by National Audubon Society
Knopf (May 12, 1979)
Perfect for mountain climbers, hikers, and geology enthusiasts, this valuable reference covers more rocks and minerals in North America than any other available guide. Featuring a durable vinyl binding and nearly 800 full-color identification photographs, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals is the perfect companion for any expedition.
This portable guide depicts all the important rocks, gems, and minerals – in many variations of color and crystal form – and the natural environments in which they occur, and includes written descriptions of field marks, similar rocks and minerals, environment, areas of occurrence, and derivation of names.
Includes a guide to mineral collecting and a list of rock-forming minerals.
Rock Collecting for Kids: An Introduction to Geology (Simple Introductions to Science)
Author: by Dan R. Lynch
Rock collecting is for everyone! Nature’s treasures are just beneath our feet, waiting to be discovered. With this book, you’ll experience the excitement of finding, collecting, and identifying rocks and minerals.Dan R. Lynch, author of many field guides, presents a children’s introduction to our amazing Earth.
The book begins with geology basics, such as where rocks come from and how Earth’s surface changes over time. Next, young readers are provided with an identification guide, which features full-color photographs and ID tips on 75 types of common and collectible rocks and minerals.
From there, a how to section includes details on what to look for, where to look, and what to bring, as well as safety considerations. With rock collecting guidelines that the whole family will learn from and enjoy, this fun guide is engaging and informativewith plenty of kid-appealas it starts children on the path toward becoming successful rock collectors!
9. Gemstone Tumbling, Cutting, Drilling & Cabochon Making: A Simple Guide to Finishing Rough Stones
Author: by Jim Magnuson
Beginner Instructions, Professional Results! Gemstones are naturally beautiful, but you can make them glisten and shine. This beginner’s guide covers all the techniques you need to know: tumbling, cutting, face polishing and more. By following the authors’ simple approach, you’ll create finished stones worthy of displaying, selling or making into jewelry.
Book Features:pertains to a wide range of popular gemstones, from agates to turquoiseprevents frustration, with detailed photos and easy-to-follow instructionsoffers helpful tips from the authors’ years of experience provides information about recommended equipment and suppliesbriefly introduces jewelry making, with seven simple jewelry projects
10. Smithsonian Handbooks: Fossils
Author: by David Ward
Packed with over 1,000 full-color photographs over more than 500 fossils, this handbook is designed to cut through the complex process of fossil identification to make it accessible to readers of all experience levels. Authoritative text, crystal-clear photography, and a systematic approach from Dorling Kindersley and the Smithsonian Institution make this guide both comprehensive and concise.
Expertly written and thoroughly vetted, each entry combines a precise description with annotated photography to highlight each fossil’s chief characteristics and distinguishing features. Each fossil is accompanied by a full-color illustration of the living animal or plant that the fossil once was in the distant past, while color-coded bands provide at-a-glance key facts to complete each entry.
Also included is a comprehensive glossary so you can speak the language of a true paleontologist. Written by veteran paleontologist and curator Cyril Walker, and veterinary surgeon and fossil enthusiast David Ward, and packed with detailed information on recognition, classification, and more, DK’s Smithsonian Handbook of Fossils is the clearest identification guide to fossils for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.
11. Agate Hunting Made Easy: How to Really Find Lake Superior Agates
Author: by Jim Magnuson
Learn HOW to hunt agates! You’ve admired agates for their color and beautynow learn how to find your own. Unlike other books, Agate Hunting Made Easy provides step-by-step instructions to help you turn those once-frustrating agate hunts into successful ones.
You’ll have an experienced collector, Jim Magnuson, as your guide. He will show you photographs of what rough agates really look like in the field. His tips will help you recognize agate imposters that often fool inexperienced collectors. He will teach you how to hunt in a variety of locations, from gravel pits to lakeshore.
Jim also provides a rating scale to help you estimate the value of your finds.
12. Rockhounding Montana: A Guide to 100 of Montana's Best Rockhounding Sites (Rockhounding Series)
Author: by Montana Hodges
With this informative, fully updated and revised guide, you can explore the mineral-rich region of Montana. It describes the state’s best rockhounding sites and covers popular and commercial sites as well as numerous little-known areas. This handy guide also describes how to collect specimens, includes maps and directions to each site, and lists rockhound clubs around the state.
This is truly a complete guide to popular collecting sites in Montana and source-book brimming with advice that can be of use to both the novice and the experienced rockhounder.
13. National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States
Author: by Peter Alden
The most comprehensive field guide available to the Rocky Mountain region-a portable, essential companion for visitors and residents alike-from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. This compact volume contains:An easy-to-use field guide for identifying 1,000 of the state’s wildflowers, trees, mushrooms, mosses, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, butterflies, mammals, and much more;A complete overview of the Rocky Mountain region’s natural history, covering geology, wildlife habitats, ecology, fossils, rocks and minerals, clouds and weather patterns, and the night sky;An extensive sampling of the area’s best parks, preserves, mountains, forests, and wildlife sanctuaries, with detailed descriptions and visitor information for 50 sites and notes on dozens of others.
The guide is packed with visual information – the 1,500 full-color images include more than 1,300 photographs, 11 maps, and 16 night-sky charts, as well as more than 100 drawings explaining everything from geological processes to the basic features of different plants and animals. For everyone who lives or spends time in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming, there can be no finer guide to the area’s natural surroundings than the National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Rocky Mountain States.
14. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fossils
Author: by Ida Thompson
The most comprehensive field guide available to North American fossils-a must-have for any enthusiast’s day pack or home library-from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. Featuring a durable vinyl binding and over 500 stunning identification photographs organized by color and shape, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Fossils is the perfect companion for any fossil hunting expedition.
This easy-to-use handbook is an essential reference for identifying corals, trilobites, shells, teeth, bones, as well as fossil-bearing rocks and outcrop formations. The descriptive text includes information on size, geological period, geographical distribution, and ecology of the animal or plant before it was fossilized.
In addition, the book provides lists of Geological Survey offices and major fossil collections, a geological time chart, and a guide to collecting and preserving fossils.
15. Lake Superior Rocks & Minerals (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)
Author: by Bob Lynch
Get the perfect guide to rocks and minerals of the Lake Superior region! This handy book by Bob Lynch and Dan R. Lynch features comprehensive entries for 75 rocks and minerals found in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, from common rocks to rare finds.
The authors know rocks and took their own incredible, full-color, sharp photographs to depict the detail needed for identificationno more guessing from line drawings. The entries are organized by area, so you can find rocks unique to each state or common to all three.
With professional pictures and all the details you need to knowincluding what to look for and where to look for itidentifying and collecting is more fun and informative than ever!
16. Lake Superior Agates Field Guide (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)
Author: by Dan Lynch
Beginner or expert, this is your guide to Lake Superior Agates. The book features four pages of photos and facts for every type of agate found in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and southern Ontario. The easy-to-use format means you’ll quickly find what you need to know and where to look, while the authors’ photographs depict the detail needed for identification – no need to guess from line drawings.
Identify your finds quickly and easily with this all-in-one resource!