Fossils, Rocks & Minerals Books

  • POCH
    Marion McGeough
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    This awe-inspiring crystal bible features over 100 crystals that will raise your vibrations and cleanse your mind, body and spirit.

    It explains how they can change your energy levels and improve all aspects of your life and well-being including your career, relationships and finding more positivity.

    With gorgeous photography, it also offers tips on selecting, cleansing and caring for all kinds of crystals.
  • AG1038
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    This book will show you how to use crystals in your busy, everyday life and explains how they can be used to ease your worries and keep calm.

    This book helps you choose, tune and use a selection of beautifully coloured crystals that all have their own special properties ? from gazing at crystals on a desk to connecting with your romantic side.
  • JEWL
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    An all-in-one guide to every kind of jewel, gem and semi-precious stone there is, this is a very lavish and beautifully presented book - complete with a flocked jacket.

    Published by DK, it is packed with spectacular photographs, intriguing overviews of the stones' histories and some incredible true-life stories. It takes an up-close look at the world's most extravagant and famous jewellery including the Koh-i-Noor, Faberege eggs and the Hope diamond.

    A sumptuous celebration of the treasures of the Earth, this is a brilliant book for anyone who is fascinated by gemstones, mineral and metals.
    Natural History Museum
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    This activity book is a colourful and informative introduction to the most common rocks and minerals. Written and designed for younger readers, it is packed with 100 reuseable stickers, from the leopardskin stone and tiger's eye to ruby, sapphire, diamond, emerald and many more. The stickers are accompanied by fun learning pages with information on how rocks and minerals form, what they are made into, and how to identify them, as well as lots of bite-size facts about their size, colour and origin. Readers can put their knowledge to the test with some exciting puzzles and games, including a colouring in activity and rocky maze, and create their own scenes by adding stickers to a colourful double page landscape spread. With full colour illustrations throughout, this book is perfect for children who want to know more about these useful and often beautiful objects.
    Richard A. Fortey
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    Fossils: The Key to the Past is a comprehensive guide to the study and meaning of fossils. This new paperback edition has been fully revised and updated, reflecting advances in our understanding of the fossil record and the significance of new fossil finds. Palaeontologist Richard Fortey explains in accessible language what fossils are, how they form and how to identify them, and how they help us to understand Earth's geological past and the emergence of life.Drawing on all the latest research, including molecular palaeontology, he discusses evolution and extinction, the economic uses of fossils, such as oil and coal, as well as offering practical advice for making a fossil collection. Extensively illustrated in full colour throughout, with photographs from the collections at the Natural History Museum, Fossils: The Key to the Past will appealto all those with an interest in the history of life itself.
    Paul D. Taylor
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    This is the epic story of life on Earth, uniquely retold through some of the most significant fossils ever found. The book travels through 3.5 billion years of Earth's history and across all seven continents, showcasing the unusual and wonderful creatures that have played a pivotal role in our evolutionary past. Ancient Australian microbes reveal the very first signs of life on Earth, tiny Triassic snails demonstrate the effects of past mass extinctions, and the remains of our own ancestors tell us where we came from. A History of Life in 100 Fossils brings together remarkable fossil discoveries to illustrate how life on Earth evolved. Palaeontologists Paul D. Taylor and Aaron O'Dea explain the importance of each fossil and tell the engaging stories of the sharp-eyed and sharp-witted people who discovered them. Each fossil is beautifully illustrated with photographs to bring this unique story to life. It is reformatted, resized and revised for autumn 2015.
    Judy Hall
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    "The Crystal Bible" has become the world's favourite crystal reference guide, having sold over a million copies. The directory format enables you to find a known crystal instantly or to identify an unknown crystal. It covers the practical and esoteric properties of each stone, including spiritual, mental, psychological, emotional and physical effects, plus its use in crystal healing. Encompassing traditional and contemporary crystal lore, this book draws on Judy Hall's 35 years of experience in this field. It is an indispensable reference for crystal lovers everywhere.
    Walther Cloos
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    An increasing number of enthusiasts are attracted by the rich variety of rocks and minerals around us, and new ways of looking at them. In this book, Walther Cloos views the Earth as a living organism, with different kingdoms of nature -- mineral, plant and animal - as stages left behind as the earth developed. He argues that everything currently inert and static was once dynamic and living. The author considers many different aspects of geology, including chapters on oil, sedimentary rocks, radioactivity, volcanoes and metals. Written over fifty years ago, this book is a classic, pioneering a scientific, geological understanding of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual insights into the evolution of the earth The previous edition of this book was published as 'The Living Earth'.
    John Farndon
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    From riverbeds to beaches, cliff faces to fields, unearth Earth's most precious rocks, minerals and gems, wherever you are in the world. Learn how to read the landscape for clues ans identify different rock types, from dazzling diamonds to grainy sandstone. The definitive guide to rocks, minerals and gems, this title includes an introduction to rocks and minerals and how they form, and a quick guide to what you need and where to look. There is also a complete guide to identifying rocks and minerals and everything you need to know to start a collection. Packed with fun facts and practical activities, this book also features high-definition colour photography and data keys that show key qualities of each rock and mineral in extraordinary detail.
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    Explore the history of life on Earth through every type of fossil, from marine invertebrates such as ammonites, to fishes, plants, early amphibians, dinosaurs, birds, mammals, and even humans with DK Eyewitness Fossils. Find out what fossils are, how they were formed, and what they tell us about how long-vanished animals lived millions of years ago. Stunning real-life photographs of the spectacular remains of ancient lives offer a unique eyewitness view - see pearls that are 50 million years old, a remarkable preserved foot of the extinct Moa from New Zealand, and the fossilised jaws of a terrifying T-rex. Includes a fact-filled wall chart perfect for bedrooms or classrooms.
    Dean Falk
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    Two discoveries of early human relatives, one in 1924 and one in 2003, radically changed scientific thinking about our origins. Dean Falk, a pioneer in the field of human brain evolution, offers this fast-paced insider's account of these discoveries, the behind-the-scenes politics embroiling the scientists who found and analyzed them, and the academic and religious controversies they generated. The first is the Taung child, a two-million-year-old skull from South Africa that led anatomist Raymond Dart to argue that this creature had walked upright and that Africa held the key to the fossil ancestry of our species. The second find consisted of the partial skeleton of a three-and-a-half-foot-tall woman, nicknamed Hobbit, from Flores Island, Indonesia. She is thought by scientists to belong to a new, recently extinct species of human, but her story is still unfolding. Falk, who has studied the brain casts of both Taung and Hobbit, reveals new evidence crucial to interpreting both discoveries and proposes surprising connections between this pair of extraordinary specimens.
    DeeDee Cunningham
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    Robert Webster's highly regarded work, Practical Gemmology, first published in 1943, has been through six editions and numerous reprints and was long considered the standard work for those learning the theory and science of gemmology. This classic, on which professional gemmology courses were founded, has been entirely revised by DeeDee Cunningham to return it to its esteemed place among current gemmological education books. Re-written and expanded, this completely updated book includes new material on high-tech treatments and synthetic diamonds as well as instrumentation, theory, testing and gemstone properties. Its nineteen lessons each serve as individual lectures and it pays considerable attention to covering all the background information and theory necessary for understanding every concept central to gemmological theory. Although suitable for readers of all levels of understanding, Practical Gemmology is specifically tailored to provide the information and diagrams necessary for the successful completion of diploma examinations and is an invaluable tool for gemmology students.
    David J. Vaughan
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    Minerals existed long before any forms of life, playing a key role in the origin and evolution of life; an interaction with biological systems that we are only now beginning to understand. Exploring the traditional strand of mineralogy, which emphasises the important mineral families, the well-established analytical methods (optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction) and the dramatic developments made in techniques over recent decades, David Vaughan also introduces the modern strand of mineralogy, which explores the role minerals play in the plate tectonic cycle and how they interact with the living world. Demonstrating how minerals can be critical for human health and illness by providing essential nutrients and releasing poisons, Vaughan explores the multitude of ways in which minerals have aided our understanding of the world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
    Simon Camm
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    Cornwall is extraordinarily rich in minerals. This guide includes a general introduction to the geology of the county, and describes the formation of minerals discussed in the book. It looks at different regions of Cornwall, and examples of rocks and minerals that can be found there today, as well those discovered in the past. This is followed by a gallery of beautifully crystallised examples of Cornish minerals revealed during the county's historical mining activity, and a glossary of terms and references.
    Chris Pellant
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    This is a new edition of the clearest, most authoritative guide to rocks and minerals. 600 incredible photos, precise annotations and detailed descriptions - from the distinguishing features of rocks to which crystal system a mineral belongs to - will help you identify different rocks and minerals quickly and easily. It covers everything from what rocks or minerals are, how they are classified to how to start a collection. It is perfect for rocks and mineral lovers - a comprehensive guide for collectors.
    David Ward
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    This is a new edition of the clearest, most authoritative guide to fossils. Packed with more than 1,000 amazing photographs of over 500 species, this handbook is designed to cut through the complicated identification process and enable you to recognize species instantly. It covers everything from what a fossil is, how they are classified to how to start a collection. Perfect for fossil lovers - this is a comprehensive guide for collectors.
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    Have the world in your hands with these compact, affordable, illustrated natural history guides. From malachite to meteorites, leaf through "Nature Guide Rocks and Minerals", a beautiful guide profiling the world's specimens. Part of a new generation of compact natural history guides, "Rocks and Minerals" is packed full of stunning images that reveal intricate details and unique characteristics of the rocks and minerals featured. Expertly written and including examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips. With a detailed introduction on identifying and classifying minerals and clear sections on each type of rock and mineral, "Nature Guide Rocks and Minerals" is the ideal identification guide.
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    This title includes expert analysis of the key rock-forming environments of the world, plus full advice on identifying rock types and building a spectacular collection. It features more than 375 beautifully shot photographs and concise artworks. It categorizes rocks in family groups according to their composition, to enable the reader to gauge shared characteristics and distinguish between similar types. It explains how rocks form and the geological processes at work in the environment, including mountain-building, volcanic activity, plate tectonics and metamorphism. Simple identification techniques let amateurs classify rocks by quick and easy tests and comparisons. This is the ultimate photographic guide to all types of rock, an essential reference book for even the most experienced geologist, with many tips on sourcing rocks in the field and identifying collected specimens. The first part of the book will give amateurs and enthusiasts a thorough grounding in how rocks are made. The second part is a photographic directory of 150 different rocks, grouped by major categories and composition. It covers such ancient rocks as greenstone, rare rocks like eclogite, pegmatites - prized for their beauty - and much more. Practical information and checklists to aid classification make this the perfect fieldbook.
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    Have the world in your hands with these compact, illustrated natural history guides. From red beryls to rubies, pick through "Nature Guide Gems", a beautiful guide to earth's most precious stones. Part of a new generation of compact natural history guides, "Nature Guide Gems" is packed full of stunning images that reveal the intricate details and unique characteristics of earth's treasured jewels and metals. Expertly written and including over 400 examples from across the globe, these guides will give you knowledge of the natural world at your fingertips. With a detailed introduction on identifying and classifying gems and 140 individual profiles with clear, informative descriptions of each type of stone, "Nature Guide Gems" is the ideal identification guide.
    Neil DL Clark
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    Gold has been an important part of Scottish heritage for millennia and a new mine will shortly open in Tyndrum. Leisure panners can still be seen at the popular 'gold' resorts of Wanlockhead and Kildonan. Extensive mining took place during the reigns of James the IV and V in parts of the Leadhills, where nuggets weighing close to 1kg were said to have been found and converted into coinage or repairs to the royal regalia. Mining in the Leadhills for gold ceased during the reign of James VI, in the 1620s, and have only been worked on a small scale since. Gold fever was rife in Victorian Britain with stories glamorising the rags to riches of the Californian gold rush of the late 1840s and the Australian Ballarat discoveries of the early 1850s. Many thousands of Scots left to find their fortune, some returning successful and others less so. Scotland was not a rich country in the 1850s. With the potato famine of the 1840s, cholera outbreaks and the Highland clearances, it is not surprising that the first mention of gold being discovered in Scotland generated a rush to the hills in Fife (1852) and then in Sutherland (1869). In February 2014, the Hunterian at the University of Glasgow will be holding an exhibition of gold in Scotland. Amongst the treasures on display will be the King's Gold Cup from the Leith races of 1751, Queen Victoria's gold collar of the Order of the Thistle, 'cloth of gold' from the tomb of Robert the Bruce, Bronze and Iron Age gold torcs (especially the hoard from Law Farm, Morayshire), a multitude of Scottish gold coins made using Scottish gold, modern creations by Scottish goldsmith Graham Stewart, and ten large nuggets found from Scottish rivers. This is the first comprehensive look at the use of gold in Scotland from prehistoric times to the present day. It guides the reader through the natural history of gold to how we have used gold in the past and use it now in the present, as well as looking at the history of gold use in Scotland from the earliest recorded discovery of gold in Scotland in 1245 and the first use of gold coinage in Scotland to pay a king's ransom in about 1357, to the Darien disaster of the late 1600s and beyond, this book contains many remarkable snippets that are not easily obtained from other sources.
    Stuart Schneider
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    Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition. Seeing fluorescent minerals up close for the first time is an exciting experience. The colors are so pure and the glow is so seemingly unnatural, that it is hard to believe they are natural rocks. Hundreds of glowing minerals are shown, including Aragonite, Celestine, Feldspar, Microcline, Picropharmacolite, Quartz, Spinel, Smithsonite, plus many more. But don't let the hard-to-pronounce names keep you away. Over 870 beautiful color photographs illustrate how fluorescent minerals look under UV light and in daylight, making this an invaluable field guide.Here are minerals from the United States, including mines in New Jersey, New York, Arizona, and California, as well as beautiful and unusual minerals from Canada, Mexico, Greenland, Italy, Sweden, and other places. Included are values, a comprehensive resources section, plus helpful advice on caring for, collecting, and displaying minerals. The field of collecting fluorescent minerals is relatively new and this is one of the most complete references available.
    Andrew Ross
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    Amber is a remarkable substance that originates from the resin of trees that lived millions of years ago. Anything that became trapped in this sticky resin was fossilized and perfectly preserved. The insects and other inclusions found in amber today are providing scientists with unique insights into the history of life on Earth. In this new edition of "Amber", Andrew Ross provides an engaging overview of this prehistoric substance and its fossilized inclusions. The book explains how amber is formed, where it is found and how to distinguish genuine amber from fakes. It describes its many uses, both in art and science, and recounts the elusive search for DNA from fossilized insects. Detailed keys and stunning photographs, including previously unseen pieces of Burmese amber from the Museum's collections, guide the reader in the identification of species of insects and other amber inclusions. "Amber" is essential reading for all those with an interest in this natural time capsule.
    Matthew Hart
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    Since the 2008 financial crisis the price of gold has sky-rocketed, from around $800 an ounce in August of that year to a peak of around $1700 an ounce. Fortunes have been made, and this has kicked off an unprecedented gold-mining and prospective boom around the world. In this book Matthew Hart takes readers on a journey around the world and through history to tell the story of how gold became the world's most precious commodity, the highlights of its dramatic, tempestuous history, and the behind-the-scenes intrigue of the current boom. He ends this controversial rollercoaster story by revealing what the experts are saying about the profound changes underway in the gold market and the prospects for the future.
    Niles Eldredge
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    Extinction and Evolution recounts the work and discoveries of Niles Eldredge, one of the world's most renowned paleontologists, whose research overturned Charles Darwin's theory of evolution as a slow and inevitable process, as published in On the Origin of Species in 1859. Darwin had concluded that evolutionary changes happened very slowly over millions of years. Eldredge's work, however, convinced him that Darwin was wrong and that major evolution of life forms does not happen to any significant degree until after a mass extinction event, thus disproving the traditional view of evolution. Eldredge's groundbreaking work is now accepted as the definitive statement of how life as we know it evolved on Earth. This book chronicles how Eldredge made his discoveries and traces the history of life through the lenses of paleontology, geology, ecology, anthropology, biology, genetics, zoology, mammalogy, herpetology, entomology and botany. While rigorously accurate, the text is accessible, engaging and free of jargon. Extinction and Evolution features 160 beautiful colour plates that bridge the gap between science and art. More than 200 different fossil specimens are shown, including photographs of some of the most significant fossil discoveries of recent years. This is a book with appeal to a broad general audience, including natural history readers and students.