Most museums collections contain a wide variety of natural materials, and a diverse range of knowledge is necessary to keep so many types of objects at their best. This book studies the composition, structure and properties of natural materials such as wood, paper, amber, coral and feathers, and discusses the potential hazards they face, as well as the appropriate conservation techniques to use for each. Providing plenty of detail in an easily accessible format, Natural Materials is a useful resource for students, professionals and collectors alike.
"Jean DeMouthe breaks down materials to the atomic level and builds them up from there. Bark feathers, gemstones, blood, milk and leather are all grist for her mill." Museum News
"Natural Materials is a unique book…" - Rocks & Minerals, Oct. 2005
Introduction; Minerals; Rocks & fossils; Natural glass; Meteorites; Introduction to organics; Monera, Protista, Fungus; Plants; Invertebrate Animals; Vertebrate Animals; Bibliography; Glossary; Tables; Index.