Simon Lamb weaves three themes into this book. He describes a decade of field-based and analytical work in the Bolivian Andes, and uses his experiences as the springboard to explain how mountain ranges form. This is at a level pitched at non-geologists. In amongst the science are descriptions of Bolivia, especially the trials of working in harsh Andean terrain.

The first two aims are certainly met successfully, and I recommend this book as an introduction to continental tectonics for non-geologists, especially those who want to get an insight into how a scientist develops ideas over the years. Moments of jubilation...

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