Dana's Minerals and How to Study Them (After Edward Salisbury Dana)

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 27, 1998 - Science - 328 pages
This short, practical guide to the identification of hand specimen minerals utilizes simple methods of observation and inexpensive tools. It gives a guidline on how to collect minerals as well as a tone and language that evoke the charm of an earlier scientific era. A companion volume to the newly revised Dana's New Mineralogy, this book will reward the student of nature seeking an introduction to minerals and their identification.

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Thorough introduction to minerals and mineralogy. Technically detailed but well written and accessible for the non-specialist reader. Includes useful tables of characteristics for identification of minerals.


Physical Properties of Minerals
Mineral Chemistry
Mineral Genesis
Description of the Mineral Species
On the Determination of Minerals
Common Minerals Arranged According

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About the author (1998)

CORNELIUS S. HURLBUT, Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Mineralogy at Harvard University.

W. EDWIN SHARP is Professor of Geology at the University of South Carolina.

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