Ultraviolet light and fluorescent minerals

understanding, collecting, and displaying fluorescent minerals

Author: Thomas S. Warren

Publisher: Gem Guides Book Co


Category: Nature

Page: 209

View: 1590

This book provides information on the nature of ultraviolet light, how it causes fluorescence, and mineral fluorescence as a hobby. Also included are discussions of major fluorescent minerals and mineral groups and techniques for collecting them.


Gems and Minerals Under Ultraviolet Light

Author: Manuel Robbins

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nature

Page: 374

View: 5318

The complete source for understanding and locating fluorescent minerals. Documents all major locations in the U.S. and throughout the world. One of very few publications on this subject. Includes experiments for home and school use.

The Collector’s Book of Fluorescent Minerals

Author: Manuel A. Robbins

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1475747926

Category: Science

Page: 289

View: 2664

Over the last several decades, the number of people who are actively involved in the hobby or science of mineral collecting has grown at an increasing pace. In response to the growing demand for informa tion which this large and active group has created, a number of books have been published dealing with mineralogy. As a result, the reader now has a choice among mineral locality guides, field handbooks, photo collections, or books dedicated to the systematic description of minerals. However, as interest in mineralogy has grown, as collectors have become increasingly knowledgeable and aware of mineralogy in its many facets, the need for more specialized information has also grown. Nowhere is this need greater than in the subject of the fluorescence of minerals. The number of collectors who now main tain a fluorescent collection is substantial, interest is constantly increasing, and manufacturers have recently responded by the intro duction of new ultraviolet equipment with major improvements in utility and performance. Yet when the collector searches for any information on this subject, little will be found. He or she will seek in vain for the answers to questions which present themselves as in terest in fluorescent minerals grows and matures. Which minerals fluoresce? Where are fluorescent minerals found? What makes a mineral fluoresce? Why does ultraviolet light produce fluorescence? What is an activator, and how does it contribute to fluorescence? On these matters, the available mineralogy books are largely silent.

Collecting Fluorescent Minerals

Author: Stuart Schneider

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780764336195

Category: Nature

Page: 208

View: 8152

Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition. Seeing fluorescent minerals up close for the first time is an exciting experience. The colors are so pure and the glow is so seemingly unnatural, that it is hard to believe they are natural rocks. Hundreds of glowing minerals are shown, including Aragonite, Celestine, Feldspar, Microcline, Picropharmacolite, Quartz, Spinel, Smithsonite, plus many more. But dont let the hard-to-pronounce names keep you away. Over 870 beautiful color photographs illustrate how fluorescent minerals look under UV light and in daylight, making this an invaluable field guide.Here are minerals from the United States, including mines in New Jersey, New York, Arizona, and California, as well as beautiful and unusual minerals from Canada, Mexico, Greenland, Italy, Sweden, and other places. Included are values, a comprehensive resources section, plus helpful advice on caring for, collecting, and displaying minerals. The field of collecting fluorescent minerals is relatively new and this is one of the most complete references available.

Minerals of the World

Author: Walter Schumann

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 140275339X

Category: Nature

Page: 232

View: 3102

It’s the classic work: revised and updated! Identify over 500 of the most collectible minerals quickly and easily with this fully photographed field guide. And this new reissue makes identification easier, with new cleavability ratings for each entry alongside the handy classifications based on streak color, Mohs’ hardness, and specific gravity. A complete introductory discussion of mineral forms and properties explains the essential criteria for recognition, and each of the hundreds of minerals (from Ankerite to Zinwaldite) is accompanied by information on its fracture, luster, chemical formula, aggregates, distinguishing characteristics, and localities.

New York Rocks & Minerals

A Field Guide to the Empire State

Author: Dan R. Lynch,Bob Lynch

Publisher: Adventure Publications

ISBN: 1591936322

Category: Nature

Page: 264

View: 3689

Get the perfect guide to rocks and minerals in the Empire State! New York Rocks & Minerals, by Dan R. Lynch and Bob Lynch, features comprehensive entries for 105 different types of common rocks and rare finds. The easy-to-use format means you'll quickly find what you need to know and where to look, while the authors' photographs depict the detail needed for identification--no need to guess from line drawings. With this field guide in hand, identifying and collecting can be fun and informative. This handy field guide features: Incredible, sharp, full-color pictures Photos and facts for 105 rocks and minerals Fascinating information about everything from garnets and "Herkimer diamonds" to fossils and labradorite Easy-to-use format

An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals, Jon Erickson, 2000

An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals,

Author: Fact on File Publication

Publisher: Bukupedia


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 288

View: 540

INTRODUCTION TO FOSSILS AND MINERALS, REVISED EDITION No other aspect of geology is as popular with the public as the occurrence of fossils and minerals in earth materials. Countless geologists have been attracted to this discipline because at an early age they discovered the wonder and beauty of such treasures as dinosaurs and precious gems. Jon Erickson has woven a revealing story of the uniqueness of fossils and minerals in the natural world. Indeed this attractive book provides an important source of information for those people who are interested about the world in which they live.This introduction to fossils and minerals admirably fulfills such an objective. When the reader goes beyond the somewhat bewildering names of fossils, there can be ample reward discovering their importance in helping decipher the mysteries of rock formations and their development throughout time. In a somewhat different way knowledge about minerals also opens a window to their importance. These relationships, and the manner in which they have interacted throughout geological history, are explored in the book’s 10 chapters. The author traces Earth’s development during the millennia of geologic time (more than 4 billion years) and shows how a knowledge of fossils and minerals is crucial for unraveling this saga. This short book title does not adequately indicate the large diversity of subject matter that is discussed. Indeed each chapter contains a wealth of topical information that places in perspective the essence of numerous different XI foreword types of material and their relationships. This systematic treatment of Earth history, rock types, marine fossils, terrestrial fossils, crystals, gems, and precious metals provides indelible insights into Earth’s unique character. The data are up-to-date regarding the most recent discoveries on such topics as global tectonics and faunal extinctions, including a wealth of information about the demise of dinosaurs. The writing style of Jon Erickson is very clear, readable, and understandable to the nonscientist.The accuracy of the book and the scope of information will also be welcomed by geologists. The 178 figures provide visual enhancement, and such data supplement the text descriptions.These include maps, photographs, line drawings, and diagrams. Because the vocabulary of geology may be new to many, a Glossary of word definitions and explanations provides an extra bonus for comprehension. For those who are especially interested in following the documentation of ideas and facts, the Bibliography provides a fine summary.Thus, An Introduction to Fossils and Minerals is recommended reading for both those just beginning their discovery journey of the Earth and for scientists who appreciate a well-crafted presentation on these significant subjects. —Donald R. Coates, Ph.D.

The World of Fluorescent Minerals

Author: Stuart L. Schneider

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780764325441

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 192

View: 1378

The rich and diverse world of fluorescent minerals is explored in this sweeping survey. Breathtakingly pure colors, with their ethereal glow, immediately capture your attention. Did you know that color television is a result of the study of fluorescing minerals? Fresh finds of fluorescent minerals are showing up regularly around the globe, and their collection is an entertaining and popular pasttime. To help the collector, over 825 photos display the minerals both as they might be found in daylight and in under the effects of ultraviolet light. Written for the collector and the merely curious, this pictorial reference will enrich your collecting experience with its informative text. It is an essential source for enjoying and identifying fluorescent minerals.

Rockhounding Pennsylvania and New Jersey

A Guide to the States' Best Rockhounding Sites

Author: Robert Beard

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762792868

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 3883

A complete guide and source-book brimming with advice on collecting and preparing gems and minerals .

Uncle Tungsten

Memories of a Chemical Boyhood

Author: Oliver Sacks

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330537210

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 250

View: 5083

‘If you did not think that gallium and iridium could move you, this superb book will change your mind’ The Times In Uncle Tungsten, Oliver Sacks evokes, with warmth and wit, his upbringing in wartime England. He tells of the large science-steeped family who fostered his early fascination with chemistry. There follow his years at boarding school where, though unhappy, he developed the intellectual curiosity that would shape his later life. And we hear of his return to London, an emotionally bereft ten-year-old who found solace in his passion for learning. Uncle Tungsten radiates all the delight and wonder of a boy’s adventures, and is an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young mind.

Boltzmann's Atom

The Great Debate that Launched a Revolution in Physics

Author: David Lindley

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684851865

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

View: 1303

A portrait of the Austrian physicist goes back to the turn of the century, when the existence of the atom was still largely theoretical and two men, Ludwig Boltzmann and Ernst Mach, competed for accolades amid a growing field of scientists.

Modern Luminescence Spectroscopy of Minerals and Materials

Author: Dan Gafta,Michael Gaft,Renata Reisfeld,Gerard Panczer

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540219187

Category: Science

Page: 356

View: 5711

Luminescence Spectroscopy of Minerals and Materials presents an overview of the general concepts in luminescence spectroscopy as well as experimental methods and their interpretation. Special emphasis is laid on the fluorescence lifetime and the determination of time-resolved spectra. This method enables the exposure of new luminescence in minerals previously hidden by more intensive centers. Specialists in the fields of solid state physics, chemistry and spectroscopy will find a wealth of new information in this unique book.

The Uranium and Fluorescent Minerals

A Handbook for the Collector of Fluorescent Gems and Minerals, a Guide for the Prospector for Uranium Minerals

Author: Henry Carl Dake

Publisher: N.A


Category: Uranium ores

Page: 79

View: 9736


A History of a Mysterious Science

Author: Marjorie C. Malley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199831785

Category: Science

Page: 280

View: 3929

This is the story of a new science. Beginning with an obscure discovery in 1896, radioactivity led researchers on a quest for understanding that ultimately confronted the intersection of knowledge and mystery. Mysterious from the start, radioactivity attracted researchers who struggled to understand it. What caused certain atoms to give off invisible, penetrating rays? Where did the energy come from? These questions became increasingly pressing when researchers realized the process seemed to continue indefinitely, producing huge quantities of energy. Investigators found cases where radioactivity did change, forcing them to the startling conclusion that radioactive bodies were transmuting into other substances. Chemical elements were not immutable after all. Radioactivity produced traces of matter so minuscule and evanescent that researchers had to devise new techniques and instruments to investigate them. Scientists in many countries, but especially in laboratories in Paris, Manchester, and Vienna unraveled the details of radioactive transformations. They created a new science with specialized techniques, instruments, journals, and international conferences. Women entered the field in unprecedented numbers. Experiments led to revolutionary ideas about the atom and speculations about atomic energy. The excitement spilled over to the public, who expected marvels and miracles from radium, a scarce element discovered solely by its radioactivity. The new phenomenon enkindled the imagination and awakened ancient themes of literature and myth. Entrepreneurs created new industries, and physicians devised novel treatments for cancer. Radioactivity gave archaeologists methods for dating artifacts and meteorologists a new explanation for the air's conductivity. Their explorations revealed a mysterious radiation from space. Radioactivity profoundly changed science, politics, and culture. The field produced numerous Nobel Prize winners, yet radioactivity's talented researchers could not solve the mysteries underlying the new phenomenon. That was left to a new generation and a new way of thinking about reality. Radioactivity presents this fascinating history in a way that is both accessible and appealing to the general reader. Not merely a historical account, the book examines philosophical issues connected with radioactivity, and relates its topics to broader issues regarding the nature of science.


Their Habits, Life Histories, and Influence on Mankind, Abridged Edition

Author: Laurence M. Klauber

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520040397

Category: Nature

Page: 350

View: 9733

Focuses on rattlesnake ecology, taxonomy, physiology, reproduction, and behavior.

Chemical Bonding and Spectroscopy in Mineral Chemistry

Author: F. J. Berry

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400948387

Category: Science

Page: 326

View: 8483

In recent years mineralogy has developed even stronger links with solid-state chemistry and physics and these developments have been accompanied by a trend towards further quantification in the theoretical as well as the experimental aspects of the subject. The importance of solid-state chemistry to mineralogy was reflected in a symposium held at the 1982 Annual Congress of The Royal Society of Chemistry at which the original versions of most of the contributions to this book were presented. The meeting brought together chemists, geologists and mineralogists all of whom were interested in the application of modern spectroscopic techniques to the study of bonding in minerals. The interdisci plinary nature of the symposium enabled a beneficial exchange of information from the various fields and it was felt that a book presenting reviews of the key areas of the subject would be a useful addition to both the chemical and mineralogical literature. The field of study which is commonly termed the 'physics and chemistry of minerals' has itself developed very rapidly over recent years. Such rapid development has resulted in many chemists, geologists, geochemists and mineralogists being less familiar than they might wish with the techniques currently available. Central to this field is an understanding of chemical bonding or 'electronic structure' in minerals which has been developed both theoretically and by the use of spectroscopic techniques.