From emeralds in Brazil to pegmatite in North Carolina, Earth’s Hidden Treasures shows how global forces on an enormous scale result in a dazzling, ever-changing array of gems and stones. It’s not your average children’s book on minerals—it’s a book that anyone eager to learn more about minerals and their formation will enjoy, especially as an adjunct to mineral collecting field guides. Earth’s Hidden Treasures represents several years of research into one of my favorite topics, rocks and minerals, while I was a regular contributor to Rock & Gem magazine.
Earth’s Hidden Treasures digs deeper into the how and why of mineral formation and uses, with many questions and answers prompted by the author’s participation in field collecting trips and mineral collecting clubs. Special interest topics, such as coloring with minerals, mineral fluorescence, and the science of mineralogy are covered in extensive sidebars; appendix materials highlight places to take the entire family to visit mines, dig for minerals, and check out excellent mineral collections open to the public.
Library binding: 64 pages, full color. OUT OF PRINT.
Kindle: Black & white interior.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Treasures We Take For Granted
Chapter 1 The Earth Gives Birth
Chapter 2 The Elements Take Shape
Chapter 3 A Colorful Equation
Chapter 4 Making a Deposit
Chapter 5 Tracking Hidden Treasure
Chapter 6 A Legacy of Minerals