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The Rock & Gem Book (Smithsonian 2016 edition)
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This is a page hardcover book that offers much more than you would expect from the title. After a brief introduction on the formation of the earth and the cyclical creation of various types of rocks, the book is divided into five sections on Rocks, Minerals and Gems, Fossils, Shells, and Famous Treasures. Surprisingly, the last three sections comprise almost half of the book. Images dominate each page while the amount of text is limited. As usual with DK books, subtopics within each section each have a two-page spread.
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Feb 04, ISBN A great guidebook featuring full-color photos of hundreds of rocks and gems for collectors and enthusiasts, created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution and written by a geologist with decades of experience. Author Ronald Bonewitz started his career as a geologist specializing in crystal chemistry, worked as a mining scout in the field, and now serves as a gem, mineral, fossil, and antiquities expert at an auction houses. In addition to resources on each of several hundred individual rock and gem types, the book contains a compelling history of how rocks are formed, starting with the Big Bang up to the present day. It also includes a guide to starting your own collection as well as several fascinating feature boxes exploring topics like the Malachite Room in the Winter Palace and the superstitions surrounding the world-famous or infamous Hope Diamond.