Fifty Minerals That Changed the Course of History

Fifty Minerals That Changed the Course of History

Book - 2012
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Chaline discusses the metals, alloys, rocks, and organic minerals and gemstones that humans have used as the building blocks of civilization. Covering the economic, cultural, political and industrial history of each, he shows the effect of each on the scope and pace of human development, as well as the dangers posed by our exploitation of Earth's resources.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2012
Description: 223 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.) ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781554079841
Branch Call Number: 549.09 Cha


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Jan 17, 2017

Fun to read, fun to learn stuff.

Dec 29, 2016

A fascinating topic, but the text is marred by the author sometimes talking about himself rather than the relevance of the mineral in history. Thorough index and further reading guide.

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