Format: Softcover, 299 pages
Publisher: Gem Guides Book Company, October, 2008
Revised and expanded, the second edition of this popular reference guide for rockhounds and field collectors of rocks, minerals and fossils is presented here. It includes expanded sections on basic geology and mineral formation; how to find and identify minerals in the field; collecting tools and techniques; finding gold and other heavy minerals; fossil formation and collecting fossils; the legal aspects of collecting; specimen preparation and display plus the basics of lapidary and jewelry making. Illustrated throughout with photos, diagrams and charts, and featuring a 16-page color insert of over 90 specimens, an extensive glossary, lists of government agencies and museums and much more, this is an indispensable how-to book for beginners and a comprehensive reference guide for experienced collectors.