Fifty Minerals That Changed the Course of HistoryBook - 2012
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
Characteristics: 223 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.) ; 24 cm