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Southern Africa’s rocks span an enormous period in time, resulting in a wealth of mineral deposits. This 200-page paperback compact and easy-to-use pocket guide includes a selection of the most common, intriguing and important Southern African rock and mineral species. Each entry includes full colour photographs, a concise description, historic and current uses, and detailed information on where in the region the species was found. The physical and diagnostic characteristics of each mineral is summarised in tinted panels with visual icons showing important at-a-glance information.
In addition, the rock section provides information on how the three main rock types are formed. A comprehensive glossary provides explanations for technical terms. This is a useful reference for amateur geologists and budding collectors.