The author of the groundbreaking Terra Spinel in 2010 and Terra Garnet in 2014 is ready for a new statement on the world of Gems and Art. Terra Connoisseur is a sensational experience – celebrating the most beautiful, durable and valuable natural creations on the planet.
Over 2000 original gem photographs, of both faceted and rough, over 50 mineral specimens, jewelry and historical artifacts. The colors and sparkle of the gems strikingly naturalistic and tangible.
During the production period, the editorial team – alone or joined by other experts – ventured on a number of gem mining expeditions to take the most up-to-date shots, collect fresh specimens right from the source and see what was what in the world of gems.
- 234 pages; 240 x 260 mm (9.5 x 10.25 inches) Full Color Throughout
Geological Heritage of Hong Kong 香港地質瑰寶 (中英對照)
重量: 1340 grams
About the Author
LS Chan is professor in Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong as well as College Principal of HKU SPACE Community College and HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Community College. He received his doctorate degree in geology from the University of California, Berkeley and is arguably the first Hong Kong native to receive formal training in geology. His research interests include tectonics of South China and Hong Kong, earthquake geology and applied geophysics. He is devoted to promotion of Earth Science education, and has led field trips to South China, Tibet, Taiwan, North America, Australia, Italy, Cyprus, Arctic region and Antarctica for students.
“Nature is best left as is”
Despite its reputation as a global city, Hong Kong actually has a rich geological heritage. Some geological localities within the country parks of Hong Kong are world-class showcases of geology. Deservedly, a large portion of Hong Kong’s country parks was designated a Global Geopark in 2011.
Such a decoration may be as much a curse as a blessing, since the status will certainly boost local business, inevitably leading to construction of additional facilities within the parks to accommodate the increasing number of visitors. I was even a bit reluctant to produce the present book, lest it should further promote already excessive human traffic to the precious geological sites. However, while many geopark visitors are craving for more in-depth knowledge of the geologic exposures, guided visits to the geoparks are mostly led by amateurs with limited training in geology. It is my intention to present the visitors with fuller stories behind our geological treasures in this book. Many of the descriptions of the geological observations presented in the book are based on research findings made by the author.
The primary purposes of the geoparks should be to protect, to educate, and to inspire. The protection of our geological heritage must resort to sound management policies of the parks, as well as civilized and responsible behavior of the park users. For one to be inspired, one must see beyond the aesthetics of the geological sites and learn to appreciate the complex processes that led to their formation. The educating requires the devotion and effort of the geological professionals—a job too important to be left to amateurs.
I hope our geological heritage can be preserved forever, such that future generations can see the sites as we do today. This is unlikely to occur given Hong Kong’s unrelenting pursuit for economy and tourism growth. This book is a personal attempt to encapsulate the geological beauty of Hong Kong before it concedes to artificial structures and concrete walkways.
The modern impression of Hong Kong is an international metropolis without any natural resources. However, it is not true. A high variety of earth resources, including galena, wolframite, magnetite, graphite, beryl, quartz, feldspar and kaolin had been mined and granite had been quarried in Hong Kong in the past hundreds of years. As a geology student, how much do you know about the mining industry in Hong Kong? This book is the first bilingual book ever about mining in Hong Kong and will take you on a journey through the geology, history, culture and development of these mines and quarries, allowing you to understand this once thriving and now forgotten industry of Hong Kong.
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A specimen of flat, silver-grey metallic hexagonal plates of molybdenite with quartz. This is a terrific specimen from Babu, Guangxi. The main crystal is 3.5cm across.
- Locality: Babu District, Hezhou Prefecture, Guangxi Autonomous Region, China
- Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 7cm
Ludi von Bezing, Rainer Bode, Steffen Jahn (published 2016)
NAMIBIA II is a one-of-a-kind reference book that gives you all you the information you need to know about the newest mineralogical finds and the most sought after rarities. The over 800 namibian minerals and gemstones are listed from A to Z. This second volume comes in the fine and matchless design of its predecessor and contains an enormous amount of new mineral photographs and many up-to-date references to localities. Many of the 1600 pictures have never been published before and were taken by top photographers like Jeff Scovil, Joe Budd, Olaf Medenbach, Matthias Reinhardt, John Schneider and Rainer Bode, to name a few.
- Ludi von Bezing · Rainer Bode · Steffen Jahn: Namibia 2016 - in English language. Size 24 x 28 cm, hardcover, 664 pages, about 1.600 pictures, maps and drawings.
A unique illustrated book about the most beautiful specimens ever to be found in Namibia. Seven years after the publication of the book Namibia by Ludi von Bezing, Rainer Bode and Steffen Jahn, a sought-after out-of-print books, the publisher presents an even better and even more beautiful new book: Namibia: Minerals and Localities, Volume 1
Featuring a completely new design and an enormous amount of new and stunning mineral photographs and new localities. Namibia is currently one of the most fascinating mineral-rich countries. Not only does the magnificent landscape draw people to this fabulous land in the south of Africa, but gem and mineral collectors are mesmerized by the extensive variety of exquisite stones.
This book will be issued in two volumes. Volume 1 will bring you some of the most attractive and finest specimens in the world – among the prettiest minerals ever to be found in Namibia. The book’s pictured specimens come from some of the most important and most famous museums and private collections of the world. Many of these specimens have never been presented to the public before. Many outstanding and incredible specimens from the famous Heini Soltau Collection in Lüderitz – a world sensation, second to none in perfection and aesthetics, and many yet unpublished. Once a well-kept secret, this new book now holds all these true mineralogical treasures.
Over 600 pages, this unique book presents you with the prettiest and most significant recently found specimens of stunning beauty from the Erongo Mountains, around the Spitzkoppe, the Goboboseb-Mountains, in Rosh Pinah and many others exciting localities. A large chapter is dedicated to the famous and traditional mining-town of Tsumeb – more outstanding pictures of beautiful specimens from collections all over the world turn this chapter into one of the most interesting parts of the book.
As a special: an enclosed DVD with an enthralling film about the hard life of the small miners in the Erongo Mountains. The dangerous life of the miners in search for nice crystals caught on DVD.