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Educational Books on Rocks and Minerals


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BK1  Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals by by Annibale Mottana, Rodolfo Crespi and Giuseppe Libori -  An easy to use field guide, with over 1,000 spectacular illustrations - 600 in full color This book covers in depth most minerals, their composition and formations, how to identify them as well as how and where they form and has 64 pages of color pictures and descriptions of minerals. It measures 4 1/2"x 7"; 607 pages.

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Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks and Minerals


BK2   Rocks and Minerals - Peterson First Guides by Frederick H. Pough - This book has many color pictures of 250 common gems, ores and other rocks and minerals in a paperback size book (3 3/4"x 7"); 125 pages plus the index.

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Peterson First Guides - Rocks and Minerals

$20.00 BK3  Peterson Field Guide - Rocks and Minerals by Frederick H. Pough -  This book covers in depth most minerals, their composition and formations, how to identify them as well as how and where they form and has 64 pages of color pictures and descriptions of minerals. It measures 4 1/2"x 7"; 396 pages.

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Peterson Field Guide - Rocks and Minerals

$29.99 BK5  Collecting Fluorescent Minerals- by Stuart Schneider -   Features over 800 color photographs showing how fluorescent minerals look both under UV light and day light. Learn where fluorescent minerals are mined and discover unusual minerals form Europe and North America. A comprehensive resource section provides helpful advice on caring for, collecting and displaying fluorescent minerals. There are a total of 192. It measures 8 1/2" in length by 11 1/2" in height by 1/" in width/

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Collecting Fluorescent Minerals

$22.95 BK6   Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals - National Audubon Society by Charles W. Chesterman - The first all-photographic field guide features 794 full-color images of all the important rocks, gems, and minerals of North America, showing their many variations of color and crystal forms. The text provides descriptions of 200 minerals (including 20 classified as gemstones) and 40 rocks, as well as descriptions of the natural environments where they occur. (4"x 7 1/2"); 850 pages.

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National Audubon Society - Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals

$4.99 BK8   DK Pocket Genius - Rocks and Minerals  -  Facts at Your Fingertips.  This smaller paperback book is a nice easy to understand and well illustrated book that profiles nearly 200 types of rocks and minerals.  It's the perfect pocket sized book (almost 3 7/8"x 5"); 160 pages with the index.

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DK Pockets - Rocks & Minerals

$4.99 BK9   DK Pockets - Dinosaurs - This is a nice easy to understand and well illustrated pocket size book written for all ages.  It is an excellent source of information on almost all dinosaurs. The book's dimensions are almost 3 7/8"x 5"; 160 pages with the index.

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DK Pockets - Dinosaurs

$6.95 BK10  A Golden Guide of Rocks, Gems and Minerals by Herbert Zim and Paul Schaffer.  This is a revised and updated, full illustrated, authoritative, easy-to-use, handy identification guide to the most common kinds of rocks and minerals.  The book offers concise and fascinating information on physical and chemical properties, origins and geologic significance, gems and semiprecious stone and how to find and collect specimens.  This paperback book measures 4" x 6" and has colorful illustrations, diagrams and charts.  A must have for any "Rock Hound".

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Golden Guide - Rocks, Gems and Minerals

$22.95 BK11  Field Guide to North American Fossils - National Audubon Society by Ida Thompson -  The first all-photographic field guide. Each of the 474 identification pictures is a full-color photograph of a fossils, sponges, corals, trilobites, shells, teeth, bones and many other types are represented.  Also included are 33 color photographs of fossil-bearing rocks and outcrop formations plus 15 maps. More than 700 fossils are covered, 420 of them in full detail (4"x 7 1/2"); 846 pages.

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National Audubon Society - Field Guide to North American Fossils

$22.00 BK18  Rocks and Minerals - Smithsonian Hand Books by Chris Pellant -  This book combines 600 vivid color photos with descriptions of more than 500 specimens to highlight the chief characteristics of the rock or mineral and it's distinquishing features.  Designed for beginners and experienced collectors alike, the Smithsonian Handbook explains what rocks or minerals are, how they are classified and how to start a collection.  To help in the initial stages of rock identification, a clear visual key illustrates the differences between igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, then guides the reader to the correct rock entry. A concise glossary provides instant understanding of technical and scientific terms.  (6" x 8 1/2"); 256 pages.


Smithsonian Handbook - Rocks and Minerals

$22.00 BK12  Fossils - Smithsonian Hand Books by Cyril Walker and David Ward -  This book is packed with more than 1,000 full color photographs of over 500 fossils and is designed to cut through the complex process of identification to provide instant species recognition.  It has detailed information on recognition and classification.  It is the clearest identification guide to fossils for beginners and established enthusiasts alike.  (6" x 8 1/2"); 320 pages.

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Smithsonian Handbook - Fossils

$21.99 BK13  The Crystal Bible - A Definitive Guide to Crystals by Judy Hall - Beautifully illustrated, The Crystal Bible is a comprehensive guide to crystals, their shapes, colors, and applications.  The directory format enables you to find a known crystal instantly or to identify an unknown crystal and covers the practical and esoteric properties of each crystal including spiritual, mental and psychological, emotional and physical effects, plus its use in crystal healing.  Its an indispensable reference for crystal lovers everywhere.  (6 1/2" x 5 1/2"); 399 pages.

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The Crystal Bible

$21.99 BK16  The Crystal Bible 2 - Over 200 Additional Healing Stones by Judy Hall - An indispensable reference for crystal lovers! This second volume of the bestselling The Crystal Bible covers more than 200 additional crystals, including high-vibration stones for spiritual alchemy and the recently revealed Greenland stones. This essential resource includes crystals for energy enhancement and space clearing  and the crystal medicine wheel. Beautifully illustrated, it is a comprehensive guide to exceptional crystals and their healing applications and environmental and karmic effects. Explore more of the world's crystals with the The Crystal Bible 2! (6 1/2" x 5 1/2"); 400 pages.

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The Crystal Bible Two

$10.95 BK19  Underground Treausures of the Black Hills by Bruce A. Raisch.  This book is a compilation of the various show caves, tour mines and select museums in the Black Hills area.  Divided into six sections including show caves, closed show caves, the Mammoth Site, tour mines, museums about dinosaurs or mining and the hot springs of Evans Plunge.  The author personally visited all sites and provides location, contact information, facilities, nearby attractions and some history.  The book is written in first person and includes personal adventures of the author making it an excellent travel guide.   Paperback; measures 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; 64 pages and 72 photos.


Underground Treasures of the Black Hills

$17.95 BK4  The Fairburn Agate of the Black Hills by James Magnuson and Carol Wood.   Fairburn Agates are beautiful, banded gemstones found primarily in South Dakota's Black Hills and also in parts of Nebraska and Wyoming.  They are world renowned for their unique translucent beauty, but no one's ever seen them quite like James Magnuson and Carol Wood. The authors highlight the South Dakota State Gem with lighthearted stories and an amazing collection of natural, artistic photographs.  Whether you've never seen an agate or are an avid agate hunter, this new look at Fairburn Agates is bound to stir your interest.   Paperback; measures 8 1/4" x 8 1/4" x over 1/2"; 144 pages.


The Fairburn Agate of the Black Hills

$29.95 BK14   The Book of Stones - Who They are and What They Teach by Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian - Beautifully illustrated, The Book of Stones is the most in-depth, definitive guide to the world of crystals, minerals, gemstones and their metaphysical energies that has yet to be written.  Encompassing over three hundred separate entries, each with vivid color photographs and essays by both authors, this book takes you deep in to the world of stones and their uses for spiritual awakening and self-healing.  The book of Stones can teach you about each mineral's scientific properties, history and lore, elemental energies, chakra correspondences, and which stones work best together.  Also considered are the stones effects on the spiritual, emotional and physical self.  Whether you are a beginner or and experienced practitioner,  The Book of Stones can give you clear, easy to understand information that will help you enjoy the beauty and benefits of the mineral realm.  This pictorial metaphysical encyclopedia is what crystal lovers all over the world have been waiting for.  (7" x 10 3/4"); 466 pages.

The Book of Stones

The Book of Stones


BK15  Fairburn Agate - The South Dakota Gemstone by Roger Clark.  The purpose of this book is to share the author's deep appreciation for agates and thereby promote the pleasure and enjoyment of their intrinsic beauty.  For agate collectors who are already intrigued and inspired with the beauty and mysterious origin of agates, this book has all of the latest scientific research.  There is also a proposal for a new theory about the natural processes that affect the genesis of agates in sedimentary environments.

This a new version of an older, well loved edition complete with the author's signature inside the front cover.

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Fairburn Agate


BK17  Agates - Inside Out by Karen A. Brzys.  This agate book has been compiled to help rockhounds to "think like an agate".  Information and photographs are included to help beginning and experienced agate hunters to understand agates "inside out".  240 color photographs, 20 explanatory diagrams, footnotes, references and an index.   (6" x 9"); 248 pages, softcover.

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Agates - Inside Out

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