Cornish Rocks and Minerals

Simon Camm

Cornish Rocks & Minerals coverCorn­wall is extraordin­ar­ily rich in min­er­als. This guide includes a gen­eral intro­duc­tion to the geo­logy of the county, and describes the form­a­tion of min­er­als dis­cussed in the book. It looks at dif­fer­ent regions of Corn­wall, and examples of rocks and min­er­als that can be found there today, as well as those dis­covered in the past. This is fol­lowed by a gal­lery of beau­ti­fully crys­tal­lised examples of Cornish min­er­als revealed dur­ing the county’s his­tor­ical min­ing activ­ity, and a gloss­ary of terms and references.

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As a child in Corn­wall, Simon Camm came across a man-​​made grotto lined with min­eral crys­tals. He was cap­tiv­ated by their diverse col­ours and forms, and this fas­cin­a­tion never left him. He became a pro­fes­sional geo­lo­gist, work­ing in Corn­wall and later, as a con­sult­ant on base and pre­cious metals as well as dia­monds, in Europe, Asia, the Far East and Africa. He then spent sev­eral years as Hon­or­ary Research Fel­low of the Cam­borne School of Mines, Uni­ver­sity of Exeter, and Vis­it­ing Fel­low in Min­ing Geo­logy, Uni­ver­sity of Green­wich. He is a Fel­low of the Geo­lo­gical Soci­ety of Lon­don, author of The Geo­logy and Land­scape of Corn­wall and the Isles of Scilly, and Gold in the Counties of Corn­wall and Devon, and author, or co-​​author, of numer­ous sci­entific papers.

Cornish Rocks and Min­er­als is pub­lished in our Pocket Corn­wall series.

  • Intro­duc­tion
  • About this Book
  • Geo­logy and Mineralization
  • The Dis­tricts
  • West Pen­with: St Just to St Ives
  • Mount’s Bay: Pen­zance to Porthleven
  • Rivers Hayle to Cober: Hayle to Helston
  • Cam­borne to Redruth: Troon to Treleigh
  • Gwen­nap: Car­har­rack to Carnon Downs
  • North Coast: Porthtowan to Perranporth
  • The Liz­ard: Mul­lion to Manaccan
  • St Aus­tell: Ladock to Lostwithiel
  • Wadebridge: Pad­stow to Port Gaverne
  • Liskeard: Landreath to Linkinhorne
  • East Corn­wall: Cal­l­ing­ton to Calstock
  • Rocks of Cornwall
  • Pre­cious Metals and Semi-​​precious Stones
  • Min­eral Gallery
  • Gloss­ary
  • Tech­nical Help
  • Where to See Cornish Minerals

ISBN: 9780906720714
1st edi­tion
112 pages
274 col­our pho­to­graphs, 1 map, 2 dia­grams
150 x 153 mm

We walk on jew­els … you don’t have to be a geo­lo­gist to be fas­cin­ated by this book … a col­our­ful and … bizar­rely beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion.’ (Tav­is­tock Times Gaz­ette, 11.03.10)

for those of us unable to name the pebbles and rocks picked up on beaches or mine dump … an illus­trated guide to the Corn­wall beneath our feet.’ (West­ern Morn­ing News, 04.05.10). You can read the whole review here.

Strik­ing gold with a gem on min­er­als of Corn­wall…
‘helps read­ers in their dis­cov­ery of Cornwall’s rich and diverse min­er­alo­gical her­it­age..’ (The Cornish­man, 19.08.10). You can read the whole review here.

The col­oured pho­to­graphs are plen­ti­ful and the stand­ard of pro­duc­tion is very high, as in all this series, and the book is a little gem in its own right.’ (Old Corn­wall, Autumn 2010)

As a use­ful intro­duc­tion to the sub­ject, this book is inform­at­ive and well-​​balanced… the sort of book that should inspire future gen­er­a­tions of geo­lo­gists and min­er­alo­gists’ (Tre­vith­ick Soci­ety News­let­ter, 149, Octo­ber 2010)

An extract from Cornish Rocks and Min­er­als was repro­duced in the Eden Project’s Friends Magazine, issue 8, Sum­mer 2010.

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