Not since the institution of encyclopedias such as the late 19th century British editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica have so many experts (some 320) collaborated to produce such an extensive and authoritative collection of essays (some 340) on every aspect of geology from Africa to weathering.

One might question why anyone would want to try and produce such a lavish set of books in this day and age when so much information is available to most students of geology on the internet? Even Dan McKenzie confesses in his foreword that he has ‘become addicted to using the Internet as my...

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