"A Photographic Guide to Rocks & Minerals of New Zealand" Mortimer et al
A photographic Guide to Rocks and Minerals of New Zealand is a collaboration between New Holland Publishers and GNS Science. It is part of a New Holland series of guide books on the natural world.
The compact format of the book means it is small enough to take into the field, or slip into a tramping pack.
The authors, Hamish Campbell and Nick Mortimer of GNS Science, have profiled 28 minerals and 53 rocks from the GNS Science collection of 80,000 rock and mineral samples, which forms the New Zealand National Rock and Mineral Collection.GNS Science's photographer, Margaret Low, took most of the photographs.
The 81 minerals and rocks featured are the most common rocks and minerals that can be seen in the mountains, hills, beaches, and rivers of New Zealand.
While to 140-page book is well researched, it is designed to be accessible to everyone.
It includes a distribution map showing where the main rock types are found in New Zealand, and an explanation of the properties of minerals and rocks, how they are formed, and the multitude of uses they have served in ancient and modern times.
The book also includes some of New Zealand's rarer 'homegrown' rocks and minerals, some with special significance to Maori.
There is also a comprehensive step-wise guide to identifying rocks and minerals that people may encounter in the field or have in their private collections.
"Almost every kind of rock on earth can be found on New Zealand beaches, in our hills and in our streams, "said co-author Dr Campbell.
"There is no other book like this in New Zealand. It will be a tremendously useful resource for schools and for those wanting to find out more about New Zealand landscapes and our natural environment."
Dr Campbell said one of the highlights of the book for him was the introduction, which had been "beautifully" written by colleague and co-author Dr Nick Mortimer.
"It's a timeless piece of text that will serve as a useful reference for many years to come."