- Economic Geology
Minerals of Nevada. Stephen B. Castor and Gregory C. Ferdock. 502 Pp., 1 map. Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Special Publication 31, University of Nevada Press. 2004. Price US$75.
Nevada is well known for its numerous precious- and base-metal mineral deposits, most notably the world-class Carlin-type gold deposits that help make Nevada one of the foremost mining regions in the United States. Less well known are the numerous rare or unusual minerals that are found throughout the state. Among the more than 850 minerals identified in Nevada are 37 minerals that were first described in Nevada. These include several rare minerals named for major mines in the state, including carlinite (Tl2S), getchellite (AsSbS3), goldfieldite (Cu12(Te,Sb,As)4S13), and corderoite (Hg3S2Cl2). Minerals of Nevada describes the complex and unusual mineralogy of Nevada and presents 102 color photographs of many of its rare and exotic minerals. A large part of the book is a comprehensive catalog, listing practically every mineral known in Nevada, along with locations where these minerals are present. In addition, short essays written by research geoscientists and mineral collectors summarize the geologic history of Nevada, the history of mining and mineral study in the state, and significant mineral deposit types and mining districts. The volume also contains essays on meteorites, gemstones, and minerals first found in Nevada, and provides some tips for mineral collectors. A small-scale map showing mining districts and important mineral occurrences in Nevada is included.
The book is divided into four parts. Part 1 (44 pages) consists of three short chapters that summarize the important role that minerals have played in …