Fred Bell's new book, Engineering Geology and Construction, represents an incredibly ambitious undertaking and highlights the staggering breadth of topics intersecting in the field of engineering geology. At almost 800 pages, it touches a huge array of construction issues, with chapters on land evaluation and site investigation, open excavation and slopes, sub-surface excavations, foundation conditions and buildings, routeways, reservoirs and dam sites, hydrogeology, river and coastal engineering, waste and its disposal, derelict and contaminated land, and geological materials used in construction.

Bell provides an excellent overview of these topics. The book will prove useful to the advanced student, the...

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