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Collector's Guide to the Three Phases of Titania: Rutile, Anatase, and Brookite

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Collector’s Guide to the Three Phases of Titania: Rutile, Anatase, and Brookite

Robert J. Lauf

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The mineral Titania is found in large, well-formed crystals at localities around the world. Over 100 color photos display three of the common titanium dioxide minerals: rutile, anatase, and brookite, along with a variety of interesting mineralogical phenomena. These are specimens the average collector will be able to obtain and study. The text is informative and thorough, listing the classic localities and describing both their fascinating diversity, including such phenomena as oriented growth, twinning, and pseudomorphism. The book also provides a solid explanation of the structures of rutile, anatase, and brookite and their phase relations. Their formation and geochemistry is described along with the environments in which the minerals were formed. For anyone fascinated by engaging minerals, this book will be a treasured source of useful information.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 107 color photos | 96 pp
ISBN13: 9780764332685 | Binding: soft cover


Robert J. Lauf has been studying and writing about minerals for many years. This is his sixth book with Schiffer Publishing.