This tidy compact volume is dedicated to the late Professor Des Pretorius, who evidently greatly inspired his friend, the author (as he unfailingly did many other fellow geologists), to whom he bequeathed his books and papers. The tremendous amount of information on the Witwatersrand thereby represented provided a basis for the book supplementary to the considerable experience and expertise of Dr. Handley in geology and related fields. The result is little short of a masterpiece of synthesis through which shine not only the historically crucial details of the Witwatersrand goldfields, but also the essential scientific, technical and socio-economic aspects, as...

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