This children's guide to rock collecting includes a beginner's introduction to geology, an identification section for 75 types of common and collectible rocks and minerals, and a "how to" section.
Rock collecting is for everyone! Nature's treasures are all around us, waiting to be discovered. Share the thrills of searching and finding with the next generation of rock hounds. Acclaimed author of the Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides Dan R. Lynch presents a children's introduction to rock collecting that the whole family will enjoy. The book begins with a "how to" section, including details on what to look for, where to look, and what to bring, as well as safety considerations. Next, Dan lays out the basics of geology, explaining everything from where rocks come from to how the Earth's surface changes over time. From there, young readers are provided with an identification section, which features full-color photographs and ID tips on 75 types of common and collectible rocks and minerals. This fun guide is engaging and informative-with plenty of kid-appeal-as it starts children on the path toward becoming successful rock collectors!
Dan R. Lynch has a degree in graphic design with emphasis on photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth. But before his love of art and writing came a passion for rocks and minerals, developed during his lifetime growing up in his parents' rock shop in Two Harbors, Minnesota. Combining the two aspects of his life seemed a natural choice, and he enjoys researching, writing about, and taking photographs of rocks and minerals. Working with his father, Bob Lynch, a respected veteran of Lake Superior's agate-collecting community, Dan spearheads their series of rock and mineral field guides-definitive guidebooks that help amateurs "decode" the complexities of geology and mineralogy. He also takes special care to ensure that his photographs complement the text and always represent each rock or mineral exactly as it appears in person. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Julie, where he works as a writer and photographer.
All About Geology
Our Earth Inside the Earth Landforms and Tectonic Plates Weathering Examples of Weathering Caves Sinkholes, Cenotes, and More Glaciers Rock Formations
What Makes a Mineral? How Minerals Form Crystals How Crystal Formation Happens What Do Minerals Look Like? The Many Forms a Mineral Can Take Crystal Shapes Mineral Colors Streak Color Luster Hardness Identifying Your Find (with an adult's help) The Mohs Hardness Scale
All About Rocks What's in a Rock? Rocks: What's on the Ground and How Did It Get There? Igneous Rocks How Volcanoes Work Cooling Down Sedimentary Rocks Metamorphic Rocks
How to Identify Rocks and Minerals
Rock Collecting Basics
Where to Look Range Maps for Common Rocks A Guide to Common Rocks
Mineral Collecting Basics
Where to Look Range Maps for Common Minerals A Guide to Common Minerals Minerals Found Mostly in Rocks
Agates, Fossils, and Dyed Crystals
Rare and Popular Collectibles Agates Thunder Eggs Geodes Fluorescent Minerals Fossils Natural Stones Commonly Found in Rock Shops Dyed Stones Commonly Found in Rock Shops Dyed Minerals
Frequently Asked Questions
About Rock Collecting
Rocks and Mineral Journal
About the Author
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