Thermal models of sedimentary basins provide a critical framework to understanding their evolution and the maturation of organic material. However to get the most out of these models a strong background in thermal geophysics is required. Beardsmore & Cull’s new book, Crustal Heat Flow: A Guide to Measurement and Modelling, is directed towards providing this background. A primary goal of this book is to give users of sophisticated thermal models an understanding of basic thermal physics and measurement techniques. In this endeavour, I believe the book succeeds. The book starts with a review of basic thermal physics, builds into...

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