Introduction to the Study of Minerals: A Combined Text-Book and Pocket Manual (Classic Reprint)

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This work is intended primarily as a text-book for a one-year course in mineralogy. While full enough for class work it is condensed enough for field work. There is decided advantage in using the same book in the field as in the class room and laboratory.

The author's aim has been to produce a Well-balanced book covering the whole field of mineralogy as far as is practicable; and one in which the practical methods of identifying. Minerals, the economic features, and the scientific aspects of mineralogy as a means of correlating hundreds of isolated facts, are all given their proper emphasis. The only way to bring out the important and essential points is to omit the great mass of details which are properly included in the reference books.

Two hundred minerals have been included in the descriptions (part V I). These have been selected with great care, although the list is necessarily an arbitrary one based upon the writer's experience and judgment. All the common minerals and the more important useful ones are included in the two hundred. Others have been selected for practice in testing and also to give a comprehensive view of the mineral kingdom. In most miner alogical text-books brief descriptions of some of the rare minerals are given. In the writer's Opinion this is not advisable, for one needs a full description of a rare mineral in order to identify it.

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