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of special interest to fluorescent mineral collectors. To review our complete list of
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“INTRODUCTION TO RADIOACTIVE MINERALS”, By Dr. Robert J. Lauf, 144 pages, 11” X 8 1/2”, soft cover, illustrated with 196 color, and b/w photos. Collectors have long admired uranium and thorium minerals for their brilliant colors, the intense ultraviolet fluorescence of many of them, and their rich variety of habits and associates. Radioactive minerals are also critically important as our source of nuclear energy. Understanding them is crucial to the safe disposal of radioactive waste.
This book provides a systematic overview of the mineralogy of uranium and thorium-bearing minerals, generously illustrated with nearly 200 color photos and electron micrographs of representative specimens. Dr. Lauf has also included an historical discussion of the discovery of radioactive elements and the development of uranium and thorium ore deposits, a discussion of the geochemical conditions that produce significant deposits, and a description of important localities, their geological setting and history.
Major occurrences of interest to mineral collectors are arranged geographically. The minerals are arranged systematically, to emphasize how they fit into chemical groups, and for each group several minerals are selected to illustrate their formation and general characteristics.
This book is an invaluable guide for mineral collectors, particularly those specializing in collecting fluorescent minerals. With the resurgence of interest in nuclear power, the book will also provide valuable information for nuclear scientists and engineers interested in radioactive deposits.
Published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Atglen, PA, 2007.
Shipping weight: 3 pounds
Order Item BK0351
| "FLUORESCENCE AND LUMINESCENCE IN MINERALS" -
Edited by Wendell Wilson, 80 pages, 8 1/2 X 11" size, soft cover, illustrated with
several color photographs of fluorescent minerals under both shortwave and longwave
ultraviolet, plus many line drawings. This issue of the "Mineralogical Record"
magazine features a 15 page article covering luminescence in minerals. The authors
describe luminescence in general as the non-thermal emission of visible light by a
substance. The focus of the article, as luminescence pertains to mineralogy, is the
phenomenon known as photoluminescence, or fluorescence, demonstrated by various minerals
when exposed to different wavelengths in the ultraviolet spectrum. This excellent article
explains everything in terms which will enable the beginner to understand why minerals
fluoresce. Those who have a solid scientific background in the study of luminescence in
minerals will, no doubt, also be enlightened by the authors' in-depth presentation of
their research into this phenomenon. Several classic worldwide localities for fluorescent
minreals are also described. The second feature in this magazine is a 10 page summaryof
the combined FM-MSA-TGMS-FMS Symposium covering fluorescence and luminescence in minerals,
held at the February 1996 Tucson show. Fourteen abstracts covering a wide range of special
topics dealing with the fluorescence and luminescence of minerals are outlined for the
reader, and additional color photos of fluorescent mineral specimens are featured. Two
articles covering non-fluorescent mineral subjects are included: "The Billie Mine in
Death Valley, California", and "The Minerals of the Seravessa Marble, Tuscany,
Italy". This magazine was published by the "Mineralogical Record, Inc., Tucson,
AZ, as Volume 27, No. 1.
Shipping weight: 1 pound
Order Item: MR27-1
Price: $30.00 Temporarily out of stock
“MINERALS, FOSSILS, AND FLUORESCENTS OF ARIZONA”, by Neil R. Bearce, 10” X 7”, 401 pages, illustrated with many black & white photos, as well as color plates and maps to collecting sites, soft cover. From the author of “Minerals of Arizona” comes a new field guide for avid field collectors. Not an updated second edition, this is an entirely new, expanded guide designed not only for the mineral collector, but for fossil and fluorescent collectors as well. No other Arizona field collecting book features sections devoted entirely to fossils and fluorescent minerals. The field research for this book took more than three years, during which time the author traveled approximately 25,000 miles around the state, and visited more than 300 potential collecting sites. Included in the book are ninety collecting sites with photographs and topographic maps, with G.P.S. coordinates for each collecting location. Can it get any easier? A difficulty scale shows the effort required to explore each site! The book covers the basic science of studying and collecting minerals, fossils, and fluorescents. Geological formations at each site are noted, and properties are given of minerals found there. Twenty full-color photographs of specimens from Arizona were prepared especially for this new book by noted photographer Jeffrey Scovil. Published by the Arizona Desert Ice Press, Tempe, AZ, 2006.
Order Item BK-0422
Shipping weight: 3 pounds
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