Crustal Heat Flow (2001, Cambridge University Press) is an engaging volume, an inexpensive introduction to geothermal techniques and applications. This text was intended by the authors to be “a handbook for geologists and geophysicists who manipulate thermal data, particularly for petroleum exploration.” It is also considered by the authors to be a text that would form the basis of a course on these topics. The book provides important information in a format accessible to specialists and lay-scientists interested in thermal methods, but suffers from some inconsistent handling of basic concepts.

The book is divided into three primary sections: the Thermal...

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