Publication of a fourth edition is often indication enough that a book has served and sold well. So it is with The Geology of Scotland. Since 1985 it has been a first point of detailed reference on the geology of northern Britain. Well-thumbed copies of one or more of its previous editions must occupy the shelves of most UK geological libraries and of many individual geologists. Should these same users consider buying the new edition?

In a word, yes. The fourth edition is virtually a new book, with three-quarters of the authorship having changed and, more significant, half of...

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