this is an extrememly helpful book although it does tend to go into a lot of detail which is sometimes confusing as I am studying AS geology at present! It would be more helpful with diagrams to explain but it brilliant all the same.
This is an excellent book - essential for quick referencing of terms and expressions used in the field of geology. The title does not aim to be exhaustive - its aim is to give definition to 99% of popular terminology used by Earth Science students. The format is clear and helpful, the cross-referencing being of particular use. Advanced readers will also find the access to terminology beyond their usual field of specialisation, most useful. Typically a postgraduate will have specialists texts for his or her field of study, but lack a book that covers the broader fields of geology and geophysics. The definitions are concise and to the point, and are not limited to strictly geological terms. "Cross-over" words, used for example in biology, geography or physics, as well as geology are included. I have found this book most helpful in my postgraduate research and would recommend this text to any undergraduate or postgraduate student as a cost effective, quick reference guide.
I found it difficult to retain the vocabulary of geology and had to keep referring back to texts. I personally find this dictionary very helpful. It appears to be very complete and comprehensive, at least for my amateur purposes.
More like a concise encyclopedia this book covers most terms you are going to come across in geology books + it is cross referenced internally to explain or expand on a subject. Unlike a previous dictionary by Penguin, Physical geography, there are no illustrations - my only criticism.
My lecturer told us to get these, it is useful and written with good explanations and quite thin so easy to carry to lectures. It gives a more accurate information than just using the internet. 4* because there are some words I thought that should be in there that were not.