In his Preface (p. xii), the author states that his book “is intended as detailed reference for courses in field geology and as a reference for professional geologists, serious amateur geologists, hydrologists, soil scientists, and other earth scientists.” Indeed, it may be a reference of sorts (see below); it is not, however, a guide to the carrying out of geological mapping. In fact, right off (p. 10), the reader is directed elsewhere for a description of basic field equipment. Not an auspicious start. Early on, it becomes clear that a basic tenet has been violated: unlike novels or short stories,...

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