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Collector’s Guide to Silicates: Di- and Ring Silicates

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Collector’s Guide to Silicates: Di- and Ring Silicates

Robert Lauf

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This book explains the structural relationships among di- and ring silicate minerals, known for their hardness and brilliant colors, and the geological conditions that create the beautiful crystals prized by collectors. The minerals are arranged systematically to emphasize how they fit into structural groups, and generously illustrated with nearly 600 structure diagrams, color photos, and drawings. An extensive bibliography includes a broad range of easily accessible references ranging from the foundational literature and original species descriptions to reports on current scientific research.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 581 color images | 272 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354366 | Binding: hard cover


The author holds a PhD in metallurgical engineering from the University of Illinois. His scientific career included over twenty years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he conducted research on topics ranging from nuclear fuel, coal by-products, materials synthesis, and microwave processing, to sensors, optical materials, and biomineralization. He has been granted over forty US patents for his inventions, many of which have become successful industrial products. Lauf is now a registered patent agent and technology consultant.