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Hands-On Mineral Identification

Hands-On Mineral Identification

Hands-On Mineral Identification

This multimedia "field guide" helps you to identify over 14,500 mineral names and synonyms for both beginners and serious collectors. Hands-On Mineral Identification Version 1.1 provides detailed identification information on 500 of the most common mineral species, full color animations, background information, and photographs on physical characteristics of minerals. Watch actual video demonstrations of physical property tests and read a detailed explanation of crystal classification systems -- all narrated by the author! The searchable database includes physical properties, rotatable 3-D crystal shapes, full color photographs, worldwide localities, crystal class, and mineral associations for each species. Version 1.1 adds a "Print Mineral Data" feature that prints an 81/2 x 11 sheet containing all properties for a mineral species. Grades 7-12 and college.

Most of the mineral photos that appear in the program are of mineral samples from Harvard University Mineralogical Museum.

Written by M. Darby Dyar, Ph.D., Reviewed by Carl A Francis, Curator, Harvard University Mineralogical Museum. Images by Dennis Tasa.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Mineral Names, Nomenclature, and Classification
  • Color and Streak
  • Luster
  • Hardness
  • Cleavage and Parting
  • Crystal Systems and Forms
  • Habit, Appearance, and Twinning
  • Tenacity and Fracture
  • Density and Specific Gravity
  • Special Properties
  • Mineral Database

System Requirements

Macintosh® PowerPC™ 180 MHz processor (G3 or higher recommended); Mac OS® 9.2 to Mac OS X, 128 MBytes available RAM; thousands or millions of colors. QuickTime™ required. Intel users click here.
Windows® Windows 98®: Intel® Pentium® II 200MHz, 64 MBytes available RAM; Windows 2000® and Windows XP®: Pentium III 450 MHz, 128 MBytes available RAM; thousands or millions of colors. QuickTime™ required. Windows 7 and Vista users click here.

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