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Hands-On Mineral Identification
Written by M. Darby Dyar, Ph.D., Reviewed by Carl A. Francis, Curator, Harvard University Mineralogical Museum. Images by Dennis Tasa.

Version 1.2. This technical upgrade also runs on Mac OS® X Lion (10.7) and Mountain Lion (10.8). This multimedia "field guide" helps you to identify over 14,500 mineral names and synonyms for both beginners and serious collectors. Hands-On Mineral Identification provides detailed identification information on 500 of the most common mineral species, full color animations, background information, and photographs on physical characteristics of minerals. Watch actual video demonstrations of physical property tests and read a detailed explanation of crystal classification systems -- all narrated by the author! The searchable database includes physical properties, rotatable 3-D crystal shapes, full color photographs, worldwide localities, crystal class, and mineral associations for each species. Version 1.2 includes a "Print Mineral Data" feature that prints an 8-1/2 x 11 sheet containing all properties for a mineral species. Grades 7-12 and college. Most of the mineral photos that appear in the program are of mineral samples from Harvard University Mineralogical Museum. To order a version upgrade, click the Buy online button or call 1-800-293-2725.

 
Hands-On Mineral Identification
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Mineral Names, Nomenclature, and Classification
  • Color and Streak
  • Luster
  • Hardness
  • Cleavage and Parting
  • Crystal Systems and Forms
  • Habit, Appearance, and Twinning
  • Tenacity and Fracture
  • Density and Specific Gravity
  • Special Properties
  • Mineral Database
 


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System Requirements
Macintosh® PowerPC™ G4, G5 or Intel® processor; RAM: 512 MBytes; Mac OS® X 10.4.11 or later (including QuickTime).
Windows®
Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent); RAM: 512 MBytes; Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista®. Windows 7 and Vista users click here. QuickTime required.
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