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Excellent introduction to geology
on 23 December 2003
This book is an excellent introduction to geology for the interested amateur. Not only does it explain geological theory and processes in a clear, concise way, but it also gives practical advice for undertaking your own field trips.
Additionally, this is one of the companion books recommended for the Open University geology course S260 (and in fact David Rothery wrote some of the material for this course too!). If you are thinking about taking this course, then a good plan would be to buy this book, and also Teach Yourself Volcanoes, and to read them during the winter before you start the course - this will give you a solid headstart and introduce you to many of the concepts you will be meeting in your studies.
I agree with a previous reviewer that the book would be improved by a more detailed study of minerals, but as it is pitched as an introductory text it really cannot be faulted in this regard.