M. R. Bennett & P. Doyle (eds). Geological Society, London, 1998. £69.00 hardback; viii+438pp. ISBN 1-86239-014-2.

The book comprises of a collection of papers from a conference held at the University of Greenwich in January 1997. It suggests that the over-riding consideration for British applied geology in the next century is the impact on the environment. The book poses the inevitable question, what is environmental geology? This question does seem to lead to an awful lot of unnecessary navel gazing in the geological community, such as the argument in one paper that an environmental geoscientist is distinguished from other geoscientists...

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