P. F. Kerrow and O. L. White (eds). Geological Association of Canada Special Paper 42, 1998. US$120; viii+500pp. ISBN 0-919216-62-5.

This is an impressive hardback that covers two basic themes. Firstly, it addresses the speciality of urban geology and, in covering 23 Canadian cities, provides a unique and comprehensive single source of reference material (there are over 1200 referenced papers and reports) covering the regional and applied geology, geotechnics, hydrogeology and construction issues of this vast country. Secondly, the book is a review of the status of urban geotechnical databases, with a call to resurrect the work of the Geological...

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