This book is an excellent compilation of important ideas and key information covering much of the available literature on freshwater carbonate deposition in both ambient temperature and thermal situations. It is particularly valuable to researchers as a source book as it contains over 1200 cited references, together with 102 figures, many of them specially drawn for the book. Taken as a whole, the book is a very successful blend of published ideas and the author’s own studies. Alan Pentecost is passionate about travertines and this is evident throughout his book, which meticulously deals with every facet of travertines. Divided it...

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