Although a relatively compact volume of 310 pages, the Geology of Northwest Africa, by Alain Piqué, is a far-reaching compendium of regional geological data. It is divided into two major sections: ‘The structural domains of North Africa’ and the ‘Geodynamic evolution of the Maghrebian domains’. Each of these is further subdivided, by up to four or five decimal points, and to some extent gives the book the feel of a seminal doctoral thesis, although you could argue that ‘1.6321.1 The flysch units’ is easier to find as a result of this dedication to detail.

Section 1 dedicates almost 50...

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