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"MINERALS OF CORNWALL AND DEVON (ENGLAND)" - By P. Embrey and R. Symes, 154 pages, 8 3/4 X 11" size, illustrated, hard cover. Filled with 80 color plates, and many black & white illustrations, this fine book describes the geology of Southwest England, the history of its mines and mining industry, collectors and dealers, and the minerals found within the district. Forty pages of valuable reference information, containing more than 1,000 entries relative to the minerals, mines, and geology, are included. Published by the British Museum (Natural History), London, England, and the Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson, AZ, 1987.
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MINERALS OF NEVADA   By S. B. Castor and G. C. Ferdock
This just released book has 560 pages, 102 color photos, 3 maps, 10” X 7”, hard cover.  Nevada has been blessed by nature with an extraordinary diversity of minerals, some first discovered within the state, some unique to Nevada, and some the focus of human exploitation since the Anasazi mined turquoise and salt in the southern part of the state more than a thousand years ago.  Gold and silver deposits spurred most of the settlement in Nevada in the nineteenth century; subsequently, minerals of many kinds have continued to bring wealth to the state.  Modern, high-tech mining of gold deposits, such as those along the Carlin trend, constitutes a mining boom that has surpassed the state's previous mineral production.
“Minerals of Nevada is the first synoptic catalog of Nevada” minerals, listing every mineral found within the state, along with the places where they occur.  The listing is alpha- betically arranged, for quick reference. The book is far more than a compendium, however.  Included are engaging essays by several distinguished scientists and collectors that offer a geologic history of Nevada, a history of mining and mineral study in the state, descriptions of significant mineral deposit types and mining districts, essays on meteorites, gemstones, and minerals first found in Nevada, and a chapter offering some tips for mineral collectors.  The book is lavishly illustrated with color photographs by Jeff Scovil, Sugar White, and others.  A large pocket map (33” X 21 1/2”), showing mining districts and important mineral occurrences, is also included in the back of the book.   Published by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (Special Publication 31) in association with the University of Nevada Press, 2003.
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“MINERALS OF THE CARPATHIANS”, Edited by S. Szakall, 480 pages, 9 1/2” X 6 3/4” size, pictorial hard cover, in English.  Mineral localities such as Cavnic, Rosia Montana (Verespatak), Herja, Baia Sprie, Pezinok, and Sacaramb should be familiar to you – there are nearly 100 others featured in this very interesting book, prepared by six authors from six countries: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the Ukraine. The Carpathians, a 1,500 km long mountain range, represents the “bow shaped” link between the Alps in the West and the Balkans to the South.  The Carpathian Mountains exhibit a very complex geological structure, displaying metamorphic, magmatic, and sedimentary formations of Precambrian to Quaternary ages, many of them having been repeatedly involved in numerous successive tectonic and deformational events. The more interesting mineralogical regions of the Carpathians are listed by country.  The areas described are not limited only to the Carpathians themselves, but include the neighboring and geologically related terrains like the Forecarpathians in Poland and the Ukraine etc.  To date, about 1,000 mineral species are known occur in the Carpathians.  After the introduction, a list of the mineral species first discovered in the Carpathians is given, and a brief eight-lingual vocabulary of common geographical names is included.  Next, the structural and metallogenic outlook of the Carpathians is given with characteristics of the genetic types of mineral occurrences, followed by a description of the Carpathian mineralogical regions within the six countries.  The main section of the book, comprising the descriptions of the minerals found in the Carpathians, is divided into chapters containing the mineral descriptions by chemical characteristics -- native elements, sulfides, halides, oxides and hydroxides, carbonates and nitrates, borates, sulfates, phosphates, vanadates etc., silicates, and organic minerals. Within these chapters the minerals are arranged alphabetically by name; within each mineral the occurrences and descriptions are given by country. The mineral descriptions are illustrated with numerous very fine color photographs. Crystal drawings are included in a separate chapter following the mineralogical part of the book.  The final chapter contains information on the mineralogical museums (or those displaying the collections of minerals), in which the specimens from the Carpathians may be found in abundance. The book is supplied with extensive references, an index of the minerals and another index of localities. The quality of print is very good and the editorial work very thorough. This book is an invaluable reference for all mineral collectors and mineralogists interested in this mineralogically diverse area of Europe.  Published in English by the Granite Publishing House Ltd., Czech Republic, 2002.
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“MINERALS OF THE KERCH IRON-ORE BASIN IN EASTERN CRIMEA (RUSSIA)” - By Nikita V. Chukanov.  This is Volume 8 of the Mineralogical Almanac series, printed in English, 10 1/2” X 8 1/2”, 112 pages, pictorial soft cover, with many maps and full color photos of minerals and of the landscape in the area.  The Kerch Iron-ore Basin is a group of iron-ore deposits in the northern and eastern parts of the Kerch Peninsula with an area over 250 square km and estimated reserves of 8 billion tons.  The iron-ore seams extend no deeper than 100–160 meters, and could easily be strip-mined.  The Kerch deposits began to be mined at the end of the 19th century.  In 1913, 370,000 tons or 5 percent of Ukraine's iron ore was mined in Kerch, and the industry employed 3,000 workers.   Production was low during the period from the 1920’s through the early 1950’s, and mining in recent years has not been continued.  A total of 160 mineral species are known from the Kerch Iron-Ore basin.  The phosphate minerals are of key interest to the mineral collector including Vivianite, Metavivianite, Bobierrite, Anapaite, Messelite, as well as Barite, Rhodochrosite, and many others.  Additionally, very interesting fossil replacements of Vivianite, Anapaite, Rhodochrosite, and others, crystallized within open cavities in fossil shells, as well as completely replacing shell fossils, have been found.  The author describes all of the key minerals in detail, and has provided more than 100 color photographs of crystallized minerals found in the Kerch Iron-Ore Basin.  Included are many b & w REM photos of some of the minerals which occur in micro crystal form.  Though this deposit is certainly in a remote part of the world, many thousands of Vivianite specimens, as well as quantities of many of the associated minerals, have been brought out and put onto the mineral market by various Russian mineral dealers.  One can still find quality specimens for sale, offered by Russian dealers at mineral shows in Europe and the USA.  This is Volume 8 in the series of Famous Mineral Localities, published in Russia by the Mineralogical Almanac, Ocean Pictures Ltd., 2005.   

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Additional volumes in the Mineralogical Almanac series on famous mineral localities, available from us, are:

Vol. 4 --  Dal’negorsk mining district in the Primorskiy Kray, Far Eastern Russia    
Vol. 5 -- Murzinka gem-bearing pegmatite region of the Ural Mountains  
Vol. 7 -- Kukisvumchorr in the Khibiny Alkaline Massif, Kola Peninsula 
Vol. 8 –  Minerals of the Kerch Iron-Ore Basin in Eastern Crimea 
Vol. 14 -- Ural (Russia) Emerald Mines                                                                          

bk0490.jpg (39804 bytes) "MINERALS OF THE WORLD" - by Ole Johnsen
"Minerals of the World" is an up-to-date guide to more than 500 of the best-known minerals from worldwide localities. Available in soft cover, the book is 6" X 9", with 439 pages. The succinct text covers the fundamental aspects of mineralogy -- crystallography, physical and chemical properties, names and varieties, structure, diagnostic features, and occurrence. The discussion of less common minerals, not found in other guides, makes this an invaluable resource. With over 600 exquisite color photographs, plus crystal drawings and crystallographic diagrams, this book is unequaled. It is set to become the field guide of choice for mineral collectors and students of mineralogy, and will provide a valuable addition to the library of anyone who studies mineralogy and mineral specimens. The extremely useful identification tables at the back of the book include the name of the mineral, chemical composition, habit, cleavage, brittleness, hardness, density, color, and streak. Other basic data included: the periodic table of the elements, symbols and atomic numbers of selected elements, a comprehensive glossary, and a 10-page index. Published by the Princeton University Press, 2002.

The author, Ole Johnsen, is Curator of the Geological Museum at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He has written numerous articles on minerals in popular and scientific magazines and periodicals, and has served on the committees of national and international organizations including the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) and the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA).

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9 1/2” X 7 1/2”, 645 pages, with hundreds of black and white photos, crystal drawings, line drawings, tables, maps, and much more, pictorial soft cover.  Color plates include views through the polarizing microscope, thin sections, fluorescent minerals, and more than 50 color photos of outstanding mineral specimens from worldwide localities.  “Minerals: Their Constitution ad Origin” is an introduction to mineralogy for undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of mineralogy, geology, materials science, and environmental science.  It has been designed as a textbook, and covers all aspects of mineralogy in a thoroughly modern and integrated way.  The book is divided into five parts.  Part I deals with the general concepts of structures and bonding within minerals, and introduces symmetry principles as well as graphic representations such as the stereographic projection.  It discusses growth, defects, and general issues of isomorphism and polymorphism.  Part II centers on the physics of minerals, including determination of structural features by X-ray diffraction, an introduction to optical properties, and the use of the petrographic microscope.  Part III explores the range of naturally forming minerals and introduces hand specimen identification. It gives an overview of the various modes of mineral formation, and provides a background in thermodynamics to facilitate an understanding of mineral equilibria in geological environments and phase transformations. Part IV provides a systematic treatment of mineral groups within the context of mineral-forming environments.  Part V demonstrates the application of mineralogy to the fields of metal deposits, gems, cement, and human health.  It also explores how minerals form in the universe, and how they have been active components at each stage of the evolution of the Earth.  Throughout the text, emphasis is placed on linking minerals to the broader geological processes.  Unlike more traditional books on mineralogy, the authors convey the importance of minerals within our everyday lives and their economic value.  Complete with beautiful color photographs, handy reference tables and a glossary of terms, this textbook will be an indispensable guide for the next generation of mineralogy students.  Published by the
Cambridge University Press, England and New York.
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This annotated and illustrated compendium focuses on the 206 mineral species discovered in Canada or redefined from Canadian localities in the last 222 (!) years. It also highlights 30 minerals named after Canadians but discovered outside Canada, and includes a section on obsolete names of mineral species first described from Canadian localities. The book also gives a brief historical overview of works documenting mineralogy in Canada from its beginnings in 1752 to the present. Appendices covering the chronology of mineral discoveries, individual type-localities, type-mineral specimens and their repositories, chemical classification of type minerals, an author index, and general references complete the book. This hard cover 382-page volume (6 ¾ x 9 ¼) includes a spectacular 16 page insert, with 39 stunning color photographs of Canadian type-minerals. This is Special Publication No. 6 of "The Canadian Mineralogist", published by the Mineralogical Association of Canada, Ottawa, 2003. ISBN 0-921294-40-9
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“MINERAL SPECIES FIRST DESCRIBED FROM GREENLAND”, by Ole V. Petersen & Ole Johnsen, University of Copenhagen, Mineralogical Museum.  This exciting new book has 184 pages, plus a 16-page color insert, 9 1/2” X 6 3/4”, and a heavy duty pictorial hard cover. In addition to the color photographs of the minerals, there are b & w photos of many of the historical personalities for whom the minerals were named, as well as several maps, crystal drawings, and photographs of several of the important mineral collecting sites.  You may never go collecting in Greenland, but the mineralogy of some of the Greenland localities is similar to localities in the Kola Peninsula of Russia, as well as the mineralogy of Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, Canada.  Examples of many of the mineral species from these localities are undoubtedly in your collection, and it is interesting to read about the mineralogical occurrences of Greenland which are similar, yet often quite different when compared to the more familiar Russian and Canadian localities.  “Mineral Species First Described from Greenland”, an annotated and illustrated compendium, focuses on the 76 mineral species first described from Greenland over the last 206 years, in the interval from 1799 (Cryolite) to 2005 Qaqarssukite-(Ce).  Data given for each mineral includes the chemical composition, origin of the name (i.e., who or what the mineral was named for), the type locality, data on historical specimens, description of the occurrence, general description of the mineral (physical properties), comments, and additional references. The book includes a complete listing of obsolete names and doubtful species in the literature on Greenland occurrences.  Included is a gallery of color photos of 34 photogenic minerals. The authors give a brief historical development of mineralogical investigations in Greenland, with emphasis on the three intrusive bodies that account for the bulk of the type-locality minerals: the Ilímaussaq alkaline complex (39% of the total), the Ivigtut granite and associated Cryolite deposit (22% of the total), and the Narssârssuk pegmatite (17% of the total).   Appendices covering the chronology of mineral discoveries, individual type-localities, chemical classification of the type minerals, an author index (data on who originally authored the papers describing each new minerals), and general references complete the book.  This is Special Publication No. 8 of “The Canadian Mineralogist”, published by the Mineralogical Association of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 2005.  ISBN 0-921294-39-5
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bk0490v.jpg (18994 bytes) "MINERAL SPECIES OF JAPAN, THE ", Fifth Edition (2002), By Satoshi Matsubara, 76 pages, 8 1/4" X 5 3/4" size, paperback, with pictorial front cover. The cover illustration depicts a matrix specimen of a Japanese Twin of Quartz that is about 20 cm (7 1/2") in height (!) from the Otome Mine, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, from the National Science Museum collection. Dr. Matsubara, the author, is with the Division of Mineralogy, Department of Geology, National Science Museum, Tokyo. It is a rare opportunity when detailed information such as this, with information covering specific worldwide localities, is available printed in English. Dr. Matsubara lists all of the minerals found in Japan, arranged alphabetically. Included for each listing is the name of the mineral, chemical composition, Japanese name for the mineral, and the crystal system. For the rare or new minerals, Dr. Matsubara has also given references, and information re: the localities where each mineral has been found. The correct spelling of the names of the localities, in English, is extremely important in being able to correctly label any new or rare species you might have in your collection from Japanese localities. About 1,100 species are listed. In addition, thirty two color photographs are included in the book. These depict rare or new minerals identified from Japanese localities. Published in English, in Japan, 2002, for the 18th General Meeting of the IMA a Edinburgh.
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