Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History

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Title:  Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History

Author:  Eric Chaline 

Using the word “minerals” in its broadest sense, Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History features the metals, alloys, rocks, and organic minerals and gemstones that humans have used as the building blocks of civilization.  From flint and obsidian to bronze and iron, it explores the roots of industry and trade; it marvels at the extraordinary works of art produced in gold, silver, ivory, and jade by the great classical civilizations of the Old and New Worlds.  Moving to modern times, it charts the industrialization of societies with fossil fuels, the production of steel and aluminum, and the harnessing of nuclear energy from uranium and plutonium.

Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History is a beautifully presented guide to the minerals that have shaped and defined our lives.  Weaving strands of economic, cultural, political and industrial history, each entry gives a fascinating perspective on the scope and pace of human development, and the dangers posed by our exploitation of Earth’s resources.

Product Details

Format:  Hardcover

Length:  224 pages

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1554079845

ISBN-13: 978-1554079841

Publisher: Firefly Books

Publishing Date:  July 19, 2012

Dimensions:  6.75" x 0.88" x 9"

 

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