Book Reviews

MINERAL ORIGINS Minerals, by George W. Robinson. 1994. 208 pages. 140 color illustrations. $40. (JCK Data Center CH-006) To order, call (800) 223-2336. The author, curator of minerals at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, has written a novel mineral book. Rather than identify a few hundred mineral species, he gives readers a background into what mineralogy is all about. The illustrations are superb, dramatically photographed examples from the museum's collection. The coffee-table-sized book allows the reproductions to be shown large enough for the real beauty of the specimens to be seen. Robinson divides the book into a logical series of chapters that discuss all the environments in which minerals are found, beginning with crystal changes and the magmatic and igneous minerals that well up from the earth's depths to start the process. He proceeds through the breakdown to oth

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