Field Guide to Rocks & Minerals of Southern Africa

Southern Africa boasts many spectacular examples of rocks and minerals; volcanic lava make up the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, granite mountains form stunning scenery in Namibia and Zimbabwe, and some of the most ancient rocks on Earth – over 3000 million years old – are to be found on the subcontinent. The region is home to many important and interesting minerals, as well as a wide array of beautiful gemstones – diamonds from South Africa, emeralds from Zimbabwe and tourmalines from Namibia.

Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals of Southern Africa is the first definitive field guide to document the common, rare and unusual rocks and minerals of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and southern Mozambique. Supported by more than 500 full-color photographs, the text describes in detail a wide range of the region’s common and attractive rocks and minerals. Authoritative information is presented in a user-friendly manner and is enlivened by box and panel features. It will appeal to mineral collectors, geologists, gemologists, students, and anyone with an interest in the natural environment.

Bruce Cairncross is Professor of Geology and Chairman of the Geology Department at theUniversity of Johannesburg. He has a special interest in southern Africa’s mineralogical heritage,and has authored or co-authored five books.

“Visually and functionally appealing… A handy little tome for professional geologists and weekend ‘rock hounds’. Its 500-plus color photographs and thorough entries are accessible to the layperson, without sacrificing useful information for the professional.” – American Reference Books Annual


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