National Audubon Society Field Guide To Rocks And Minerals: North America
ISBN: 0394502698
EAN13: 9780394502694
Language: English
Release Date: May 12, 1979
Pages: 856
Dimensions: 1.7" H x 7.7" L x 3.9" W
Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Perfect for mountain climbers and hikers, 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.

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   Just what this beginner was looking for
Like a lot of outdoors people, I often find myself picking up or photographing interesting rocks and geological formations when I'm hiking or foraging. What I really like about this book is that it doesn't assume any existing knowledge on the part of the reader. Well over half the book consists of really excellent color plates that are particularly helpful to a beginner who doesn't know the ins and outs of geology. It's, and it's crystalline or it's black and igneous about as much as you have to find your way in this book. Strong recommendation.
I looked through them times and again. Because of the fond memories and that we have a collection of them, I bought this for my husband's birthday. He's a huge rock and minerals fan, and he's also a good looking guy. I catch him looking through it, and he really enjoys it, Tunick said. I am really happy with the purchase, said Jennette. Great price, great pictures, and lots of information, he said. It's just that these Audubon books always feel so made well. The cover, the pages, the pictures, everything is great, Mr. O'Neill said.
It's exactly what I wanted in a rock book. I'll find a rock that looks interesting and pick it up, but I can never figure out what it is because I know nothing about the subject. It's great because I can start with as well, it's pink.
A great book. As I live near Rockhound State Park in Deming, N.M. I will be putting this book to good use later this year when we take our grandchildren hunting treasures.
   Great book, awesome pictures! One to hold onto for life
This book was recommended to us by a friend and we absolutely LOVE it! She especially likes the pictures that are organized by the colors of the rocks. This book will help her identify the rocks she finds.
   Excellent Resource
This is an excellent reference with great colored pictures of rocks and minerals. It's also small enough to carry with you on excursions, the company said.
   Great help!
Very thorough information. It was more than I needed, Mr. Dhaliwal said. Lapid's book is a good reference for identifying stones and rocks. Pictures are nicely done, he said.
   Definitely for more knowledgeable enthusiasts
If you know what you are looking for, or have more than beginners knowledge about the subject, you will really like this book. If you are interested in learning more about minerals, try this book first. Dark and almost black photos added to the realism. But I would hesitate to say this is their best guide.
   Great Reference!
This book is a great reference for those times when you find yourself in a natural history museum and they haven't labeled their show quality exhibits of minerals and gems, if you are trying to figure out what the pretty pebble you found on a glacial plain is.
   Content extraordinary.
I bought this book as a present, so I don't know how they will react to it. But he should take comfort in knowing there are many color pictures of each, with detailed information about each. What tools are needed for rock collecting? Catalogs are organized by category, so they can be displayed on any screen. The book itself is slightly disappointing, even if the story is told in a witty, irreverent way. Only because I gave it 4 because it was the only reason I gave it. The book is stiff and the pages are hard to pull apart. There should be more blank space between the binding and the printer, he said. It won't open flat now, but might after further use, he said.