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Favourite Geology Books
My favourite geology books.
The Spurn Gravel Trade by Phil Mathison – because of a
long-standing question – where does all the gravel come from? A fascinating
history of the Spurn trade.
Fossils of the Whitby coast by Dean Lomax – chosen after
attending Dean’s lecture to the Hull Geological Society. A very informative,
photographic guide to local fossils. Used with and loved by children from 4
– 10 years.
Rocks and fossils by Readers Digest – a comprehensive
summary of everything geological; full of photos, illustrations, charts etc.
The Flintstones – the TV show. I’ve loved flint since
the first viewing!
Atlas of Invertebrate Macrofossils edited by J W Murray
Fossils of the Chalk edited by Ellis Owen and Andrew Smith
The Wolds Way
by Roger Ratcliffe and Tony Gowers
Fossils a photographic field guide by Chris and Helen Pellant
Chris Leach chose –
Reconstructing Quaternary Environments by J Lowe and M walker 2015 –
this is brining me up to date on research on Quaternary studies.
Pleistocene Geology and Biology by R G West 1969 – this was a key
textbook for me in my undergraduate course and fired my enthusiasm for
Principles of Physical Geology by Arthur Holmes 1944 – the first
“solid” geology book I used.
The Crucible of Creation by Simon Conway Morris 1998 – a
fascinating story of early fossils as revealed by the Burgess Shale
Textbook of pollen analysis by K Faegri and J Iversen – a book
that was a great help for my final undergraduate thesis and would have been
a key text if I had money to do my PhD!
Marokko – land of minerals and fossils by R Brode
et al. – I like it because it
describes many mineral and fossil localities in Morocco with lots of
pictures. I’ve been to Morocco four times. The only disadvantage is that it
is written in German.
Evolution of fossil ecosystems by Seldon and Nudds – twenty chapters
each describing a fossil lagerstatte.
Trilobites of the British Isles by Robert Kennedy – 793 pictures of
British trilobites. I like trilobites and didn’t know there were so many in
the British Isles.
A fossil guide to Mesozoic Birds by M R Martyniuk –
Archaeopteryx was discovered in
1861 and for a long time was the only known fossil bird. Now hundreds of
different species have been discovered in China and Mongolia.
J Almond chose –
The geology of Britain an introduction by Peter Toghill
Fossils of the Mesozoic
British Fossils by Peter Doyle
Geology a complete guide by David Rothery
Atlas of invertebrate macrofossils by J Murray
Fossil detectives by the Open University
Martin Longshaw chose –
The Highlands Controversy - a wonderful retrospective by David Olroyd
of the unravelling of the seriously mistaken and probably stubborn theory of
Murchison of the highly complex geology of NW Highlands. I was fortunate to
attend a field trip in Assynt 2 years ago in which we also retraced the
evidence for the the work by Peach and Horne in finally resolving the
Highlands structure. The book reproduces some original field sketches and
shows and traces the blinkered analysis by the early
geological establishment over many years. A wonderful landscape and
Mountain Building in Scotland - an Open University publication
which was part of my studies and was as many OU text books well written and
presented for undergrads mainly but also as general interest.
The Great Ice Age - (RCL Wilson, Drury, Chapmann) a study of the Pleistocene era
again in wonderful detail and written to suit those also working towards
degree or of consolidating interest in Earth Science.
Geology Explained in the Severn Vale and
Cotswolds by William Dreghorn 1967.
This was the first book about geology I read; it was the only geology book
in the local library and I borrowed it several times.
“Big Arthur” – Principles of Physical
Geology by Arthur Holmes 1965 (second edition). This is a brilliant book
and door stop. Arthur Holmes was ahead of his time in accepting “continental
drift”. I think it cost me five guineas.
The Penguin Dictionary of Geology by Whitten and Brooks, 1972. This was great
for my A Levels and first year degree. I love the table of minerals appendix
which was not in the later editions.
British Mesozoic Fossils by the Natural History Museum. I think I
learnt the name of most of the fossils. The drawings are great, far better
Microfossils by Martin Brasier – probably the first textbook on the subject
written by my PhD supervisor, who sadly died in a car crash shortly after
Your field note books and mine – these are the most important books that any
geologist can have. I thanks my teachers and in particular the late John
Neale for making me realise this.
Down to Earth – I know it is not a book, but this free
magazine published by Chris Darmon has done so much to spread our science to
a wider public.
Mary Holland chose –
The Geology of Lincolnshire by H H Swinnerton and P E Kent – because
Lincolnshire is my home county and this helped me to interpret the landscape
I see every day.
Yorkshire Rock – a journey through time by Richard Bell – full colour, beautifully
illustrated with maps and drawings; suitable for adults and children alike.
Underland by Robert McFarlane – a haunting journey into the planet’s past and
future, through selected voyages underground. Not ‘pure geology’ but a
perfectly thought-processed tale of the relationship between humans and
by Ted Nield 2014 – this book has been described a ‘elegant’ and
was written by a geologist with experience in the oil industry and mentions
fracking; it is a pleasure to read.
by C R Twidale – a textbook about Australian landscapes and
written by my university teacher in Adelaide and later friend. I did a piece
of research for him and intended to do a Ph D with him on offshore
Down to earth
(magazine) – I love it
Hutton's Arse: 3 Billion Years of Extraordinary Geology in
Scotland's Northern Highlands by M H Rider 2005
Connell chose four books that taught me about the Quaternary when he was
Pleistocene geology and biology by R G West 1972
The Quaternary history of the Irish Sea edited by C Kidson and M J Tooley
Quaternary Geology by D Q Bowen 1978
The Quaternary in Britain edited by J Neale and J Flenley
British Fossils by Duncan Forbes
Pebbles on the Beach by Clarence Ellis
Terry Rockett chose -
Principles of Physical Geology by Arthur Holmes – over 1200 pages
with lots of geological photographs. First suggestion of the mechanism by
which continents move.
The ecology of fossils by W Mckerrow – an illustrated
guide of life in geological periods showing biological communities using an
original method of presenting animals and plants as they once lived.
The floating egg by Roger Osbourne – geological stories relating to Yorkshire;
easy to read.
and the history of life by Peter Sheldon – an Open University short science
course containing clear explanations, photos and diagrams.
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