A spate of encyclopedias in the Earth sciences has come off the press in recent years. I have reviewed several for The Canadian Mineralogist, and summarized the characteristics of five (v. 35, p. 1609). Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of Geology is the best of the lot. This is a massive work. The five volumes weigh in at 12.7 kg, take up 22 cm of shelf, and total 3297 pages. The xxxvii pages are repeated at the opening of each of the five volumes.

The encyclopedia is arranged by 133 chapters, ordered alphabetically, that range from 2 to 143 pages in length....

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