Who among us has not collected an interesting rock, an especially colourful one, or one veined with minerals, or containing a fossil? Who has not taken a pebble home from the beach? Perhaps even now they serve as paperweights on your desk, or are arrayed together in a corner of the garden to be shown with pride to visitors.
There seems to be an eternal fascination with rocks and minerals, yet it is probable that most people who collect them have little knowledge of what they have brought home. They sparkle and gleam and provoke conversation even, yet their identity remains a mystery.
This is the book that unlocks the Pandora's box of knowledge. It is a first class guide that can be used by the amateur rock collector or mineral sleuth, but equally by geologist and earth scientist, as a convenient, comprehensive, well-illustrated compendium of rocks and minerals.
Chris and Helen Pelland have carved a niche for themselves in this field, having authored several books covering the structure of the earth, its formation, the fossil record and the story of evolution to be found therein.
The images in the book, first class coloured photographs all, were taken from the collection at the Natural History Museum in London, one of the largest collections in the world, with all exhibits documented and authenticated beyond reproach.
Excellent introductory notes to rocks and minerals lead into a description of each type with glorious pictures to accompany each section. The pictures of are of very high clarity, taken of the finest specimens extant, and you will be able to quickly identify the rock sitting on your desk, collected on a vacation many years ago, or picked up during a walk along the lane yesterday. Furthermore, if you slip this guide into your pouch or vest pocket, you will be set to add geology to your enjoyment of the natural history quest on which you are embarked. I remember years ago seeing my first Secretary Bird in South Africa, a monumental sighting in itself, but made even more agreeable by the fact that it was in a field strewn with volcanic bombs, prompting an impromptu lesson from a friend who is a geologist.
There is an excellent glossary with links to further information.
If you have even the slightest interest in the very ground on which you walk, this is the book for you!
Rocks and Minerals
Chris and Helen Pellant
Paperback - US$19.95 - ISBN: 9780691204062 - 208 pages - Many coloured photographs - 5.5 in. x 8.25 in.
Publication date: 17 November 2020