Fletcher's textbook (on what is essentially North American geology, or geology plus physical geography/geomorphology in Europe and especially the UK and Ireland) is 679 pages long, very well organized, well illustrated and comprehensive in its coverage.

On the opening page of the Preface, Fletcher asks the reader: ‘Why publish another Physical Geology text?’, a question I asked myself on beginning this review. To test the three reasons Fletcher gives, I compared his work to four of the standard (North American) books in this class. Fletcher states that his book is organized around two-page sections (for ease of reading), which it...

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