10 Best Rock & Mineral Field Guides

List Updated July 2020

Bestselling Rock & Mineral Field Guides in 2020


National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Random House Audubon Field Guide: Rocks/Minerals by Charles Chesterman - 9780394502694

Rocks and Minerals (Field Guide and Introduction to the Geology and Chemistry of)

Rocks and Minerals (Field Guide and Introduction to the Geology and Chemistry of)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks & Minerals

Simon & Schuster's Guide to Rocks & Minerals
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Simon Schuster Inc

Michigan Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Great Lake State (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)

Michigan Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Great Lake State (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Michigan Rocks Minerals A Field Guide to the Great Lake State

Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Rocks and Minerals (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)

Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Rocks and Minerals (National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • National Geographic Society

A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals (Peterson Field Guides)

A Field Guide to Rocks and Minerals (Peterson Field Guides)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Houghton Mifflin

Minnesota Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)

Minnesota Rocks & Minerals: A Field Guide to the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

National Geographic Pocket Guide to Rocks and Minerals of North America

National Geographic Pocket Guide to Rocks and Minerals of North America
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • This basic beginner's field guide to North American geology helps anyone identify common rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, and land formations. In a logical, user-friendly, highly visual format, this new title--one of an expanding collection of Nationa

Lake Superior Rocks and Minerals (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)

Lake Superior Rocks and Minerals (Rocks & Minerals Identification Guides)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Rocks and Minerals

Rocks and Minerals
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Rock and Mineral Collecting - Exciting & Fulfilling Hobby

An Introduction to the wonderful hobby of collecting rocks and minerals.

Collecting rocks and minerals is a very interesting hobby for someone of any age, whether you be a child or an adult you are bound to become interested in some form of rocks or minerals at a point in your life. Many rocks and minerals may be cheap and common, but you can also find uncommon or rare ones which can be very exciting, like treasure hunting! The variety among rock collecting is so massive that you are bound to find new ones all the time, thus it has an impressive longevity as a hobby. You can even display your prized finds in a showcase, or make what people refer to as a rock garden outside from your larger finds.

While collecting rocks specifically, you will notice there is massive variation in the look and feel of the different rocks you find, but they all fall into one of three classification categories depending on how they were formed. The first category which many may be familiar with are igneous rocks, which are formed through volcanic means. Then there is sedimentary rocks which get their name through the sediments they are made up by, like sand and silt for example. These sediments become crushed together under either their own weight, or with the help of pressure from water, and eventually through this process the rock becomes solid. The last category is a metamorphic rock, which is very similar to a sedimentary rock, except in this case the culprit was intense pressure and heat.

Many people love collecting rocks, but by far the most popular form of rock collecting has to be the collection of minerals and crystal which are technically not the same thing as a rock, but are similar enough to be considered the same hobby. The most popular and the best example of a mineral which everyone would enjoy collecting has to be a diamond. Finding valuable minerals is much more rare than finding your average rock, but not as rare as you would think if you know where to look. Consider these the bonus prize you may find while sifting through some interesting looking rocks to keep it exciting for yourself.

There are generally two different kinds of rock and mineral collectors that I would like to touch on. The first type is more interested in collecting as a side hobby, and not as interested in the scientific aspect of collecting. They like to spot pretty rocks and keep them as a souvenir for themselves, just to look at or to help remember a specific location or memory. The second type of collector is usually the opposite; while looks is a definite bonus, they are also very interested in the scientific aspect of rock collecting, and will collect them not only on looks but on classification as well. Whichever type of collector best suits you, one thing is for sure; it will enrich your life.

If you happen to love to travel it is a great complimenting hobby, as many different rocks and minerals are found in different locations; some may be much more common in some places than others, or even nonexistent in that particular area. This is one of my favorite hobbies among many, and I highly suggest it to all of my readers! Rock and mineral collecting is an adventure that will last your entire life and bring happiness every step of the way.

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