DK Natural History Rocks and Minerals - DK

DK Natural History Rocks and Minerals


  • Release Date: 2012-06-08
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings


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. DK Natural History Rocks and Minerals: The Definitive Visual Guide combines his knowledge with hundreds of stunning photos from the Smithsonian's extensive collections, making professional-level knowledge accessible to readers of all experience levels.

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.

Whether you're a collector, a student, or just someone interested in discovering the beauty and intrigue of gems and other fascinating rocks, DK Natural History Rocks and Minerals: The Definitive Visual Guide covers its fascinating subject matter from every angle.


  • great source of information!

    By Md79936
    Since February I started checking for this book to be available for the Ipad. The wait is over! Im glad that Rocks and Minerals from DK Publishing are finally available for download. The only missing link on this book is the "search" like on the Pocket Genius Book. Great material!