General Interest Article
Iowa's Minerals: Their Occurrence, Origins, Industries, and Lore. Paul Garvin. 1998. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City IA. vii + 260 pages. ISBN 0-87745-626-7 hdbd., ISBN 0-87745-627-5 (pbk.).
A mineral is defined as a "naturally occurring, chemically homogeneous crystalline solid." Every mineral has a composition, structure, and characteristics that make it uniquely different from every other mineral. In his new book, Paul Garvin, Professor of Geology at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, presents a uniquely different discussion of Iowa's Minerals. While this book does contain the requisite discussions of mineral origins, chemistry, crystallography, and other descriptive information, Garvin enhances this information with tips for collecting minerals in Iowa, historical accounts of Iowa's mineral industry, and a series of fascinating stories about Iowa minerals that will captivate readers from professional geologists to would-be rock hounds.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1999 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Anderson, Raymond R.
"Book Review: Iowa's Minerals: Their Occurrence, Origins, Industries, and Lore,"
The Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS: Vol. 106:
, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol106/iss2/8