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The Oxford Companion to the Earth Hardcover – 30 Nov 2000
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...a marvellous, eclectic, pleasurably eccentric volume, a book that goes far beyond the mere study of the soil beneath our feet -- The Observer, January 7 2001
About the Author
The late Paul L. Hancock was Professor of Geology at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Brian J. Skinner is Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University and a past president of the Geological Society of America. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.
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on 2 March 2001
This book had the potential to fill an important niche by providing an authoratative and comprehensive guide to the earth and earth sciences. Its A - Z format and good index enable users to find information with ease, and the suggestions for further reading enable the interested reader to delve deeper. However, the whole work is flawed by the numerous errors which litter the text and figures. Captions to some figures are missing or incomplete, chemical equations do not balance, chunks of text are missing, and some world maps appear to suggest several large islands (the UK, Iceland, Cuba etc.) are an irrelevance and thus need not be represented. This is a pity as if the book was as well produced as its content deserves I would have happily awarded 4*.
on 18 February 2002
This book is nothing short of fantastic. As a qualified geologist, I have found few errors in this book. The maps are all but one correct; any omissions are due to really new evidence e.g. correct placement of the Falklands. This is an invaluable book, and I wish it were available when I was at University. In response to pervious criticisms, Iceland is a relatively new feature of the globe, and as such will not be on the maps representing pre-Atlantic earth, and the British Isles were in separate pieces prior to this.
on 16 January 2007
This book manages to pack a vignette of nearly any geological/geographical topic you can think of into 1000 pages. I've found it very useful in getting started on new topics, as well as simply browsing for fun. Plenty of b/w illustrations too, and further reading suggestions accompany most entries.
on 11 June 2013
Various experts in their fields have written the entries. I have not failed to find an explanation of a term or process that I looked up. A recommended reference work for students of Geology.
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