650 vivid color photos reveal the geo-collectible fossils and minerals
associated with the first two billion years of earth's history. The
engaging text explores the geology of shield areas and their associated
rocks and minerals. Also examined are pegmatites and their associated
minerals, including attractive minerals and crystals like emerald and
Early minerals and rocks associated with the formation of the earth's
atmosphere are also revealed the geologic strata known as BIF (Banded
Iron Formation). Some of the earth's oldest fossils are included,
displayed in outcrops harboring the earliest evidence of life. A
variety of unusual minerals associated with early limestone-like rocks
(now usually found as marble) are revealed, including highly prized
rocks used for decorative carvings as well as gemstones.
Greenstone belts, among the earliest rocks on the planet, are also
examined and their interesting association with much of the earth's
gold deposits is explored.
book is a
must for anyone passionate about geology and paleontology.
Jewels of the Early Earth
Minerals and Fossils of the Precambrian
by Bruce L. Stinchcomb