With this basic beginner's field guide to North American geology, anyone who enjoys nature and the outdoors can identify common rocks, gems, fossils, and land formations. In a logical, user-friendly, highly visual format, National Geographic Pocket Guide to Rocks and Minerals of North America – one of the growing series of National Geographic pocket guides – offers key facts about dozens of rocks and minerals, what distinguishes them, what makes a mineral a gem.
This guide also pictures and explains the fossils most likely to be found. Explanatory graphics help explain the basic land and rock formations that make up the North American landscape. With 160 entries, each formatted to provide clear language, carefully chosen photographs, and expertly drafted illustrations, National Geographic Pocket Guide to Rocks and Minerals of North America is the perfect starting point for anyone, young or old, interested in the study of geology.