Dana would not only have to name all minerals known at the time, but he would also have to include the specifics about each species. Such characteristics he included, were crystal geometry, mineral cleavage, hardness, and chemical properties. The magnitude of this is astounding, since nothing of the sort had ever been done; Dana would have to compile this encyclopedia of minerals by himself.
Flipping through the pages of System of Mineralogy, it is quite easy to see the amount of work Dana put into this particular volume.
The true importance of the book are the procedures of classification it gives to those who read it, as it shows one how to identify minerals correctly based on many factors. Strunz Search for more papers by this author.
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