This book serves as an introduction to gemology and rock collection and a field guide to help new rock collecting enthusiasts get started. Fundamental geological concepts are presented in the opening pages before more specific information is offered on the types of rocks and how they are formed. In addition, detailed photographs and descriptions of hundreds of types of rocks, minerals, and gems are included and are suitable for identification purposes. Readers are encouraged to note characteristics of specimens and to observe their properties using specific scientific criteria. Not only that, but tips abound for the new hobbyist, covering topics such as how to start a rock collection, what to include in a toolkit, where to look for specimens, and how to classify and value discoveries. Plenty of practical skills, such as reading a geological map and analyzing debris, are described. Highly detailed and methodologically sound, the book is a quality introduction to geology and to applying scientific principles in practical settings.
Author: John Farndon