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Fifty minerals that changed the course of history /

by Chaline, Eric.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Fifty things that changed the course of history: Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2012Description: 223 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781554079841; 1554079845.Subject(s): Minerals -- History | Minerals -- Social aspects | Civilization | Min�eraux -- Histoire | Min�eraux -- Aspect social | Civilisation | Menschheit | Mineralischer Rohstoff | Mineral | Entwicklung | Gesellschaft | WirtschaftsentwicklungOnline resources: Contributor biographical information | Publisher description
Contents:
Diamond -- Copper -- Bronze -- Alabaster -- Alum -- Aluminum -- Asbestos -- Amber -- Silver -- Clay -- Arsenic -- Asphalt -- Gold -- Chalk -- Coal -- Coral -- Ivory -- Slate -- Iron -- Kaolin -- Graphite -- Gypsum -- Mercury -- Potassium -- Marble -- Nacre -- Natron -- Obsidian -- Ocher -- Petroleum -- Phosphorus -- Platinum -- Lead -- Plutonium -- Pumice -- Quartz -- Radium -- Sand -- Saltpeter -- Salt -- Flint -- Steel -- Tin -- Sulfur -- Talc -- Titanium -- Uranium -- Jade -- Tungsten -- Zinc.
Summary: 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.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Diamond -- Copper -- Bronze -- Alabaster -- Alum -- Aluminum -- Asbestos -- Amber -- Silver -- Clay -- Arsenic -- Asphalt -- Gold -- Chalk -- Coal -- Coral -- Ivory -- Slate -- Iron -- Kaolin -- Graphite -- Gypsum -- Mercury -- Potassium -- Marble -- Nacre -- Natron -- Obsidian -- Ocher -- Petroleum -- Phosphorus -- Platinum -- Lead -- Plutonium -- Pumice -- Quartz -- Radium -- Sand -- Saltpeter -- Salt -- Flint -- Steel -- Tin -- Sulfur -- Talc -- Titanium -- Uranium -- Jade -- Tungsten -- Zinc.

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.

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