New Book Offers Detailed Look at Ohio Minerals

May. 17, 2015

5/4/2015 Ohio DNR in Geological Survey

Location and description information will aid mineralogists and hobbyists

Minerals of OhioCOLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has released a new hardcover book offering a comprehensive look at the state’s minerals, both common and exotic.

The new Bulletin 69: Minerals of Ohio (second edition) from the ODNR Division of Geological Survey is designed for a wide audience, from aspiring weekend rock hounds to experienced mineralogists. The book is completely re-envisioned to honor the legacy of its late author, Dr. Ernest H. Carlson. Bulletin 69 examines 55 mineral species found throughout the state. The hardcover book features a beautiful fluorite specimen, while the interior is adorned with full-color, high-resolution photographs as well as detailed maps and illustrations.

Geology beginners will receive great benefit from chapters on identifying and describing minerals and on key field trip sites, while experienced collectors and mineralogists will value the extensive catalog describing mineral occurrences at more than 600 locations in 79 Ohio counties.

“The ODNR Division of Geological Survey is pleased to be able to offer a comprehensive treatment of our state’s minerals for Ohioans,” said Tom Serenko, chief of the ODNR Division of Geological Survey and state geologist. “We believe Dr. Carlson would be extremely proud of the final product.”

Carlson passed away in November 2010, just as editorial work was beginning. With support from several of his colleagues and rock-and-mineral clubs throughout Ohio, the division was able to keep the project going.

Bulletin 69 is available for $30 (plus tax and shipping) from the ODNR Division of Geological Survey Web It can also be ordered by going to the division’s Geologic Records Center during walk-in hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. in Building C at 2045 Morse Road, Columbus 43229 or by calling 614-265-6576.

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