The subtext of this fascinating little book is laid out in its first paragraph: ‘Tectonics in almost real time’ declared a 1987 editorial headline in the journal Nature. To many geoscientists, it has been a slow realization. But the fact is that there is today a plethora of readily accessible tools, or at least the data they generate, with which it is possible to monitor and quantify geological processes taking place over archaeological, historical and even recent timescales. Whatever your interest in geoscience – extra-terrestrial geology, geomorphology, glaciology, sedimentology and global environmental change, to name but a selection of...

You do not currently have access to this article.