By: Charles W. Chesterman
Once considered a specialized hobby, the study of rocks and minerals is now a widely popular pursuit of immense interest and fascination to many people. This guide is for beginners; it presents easily discernible features that anyone can recognize and understand without having to use complicated keys or chemical tests.
This guide covers 68 minerals and 12 rocks, all commonly occurring in North America or frequently seen at shows. This easy-to-use pocket guide is divided into three parts: introductory essays; illustrated accounts of the rocks and minerals; and the appendices.