M. Moureau & G Brace (eds). Editions Technip, Paris, 2000. US$ 160.00 hardback; xxix+1096pp. ISBN 2-7108-0749-1.

It is an unusual task to review a dictionary. It’s a book full of words, half are English, half are French. What else is there to say? In this case a great deal. It is indeed, as it says in its English translation, a ‘Comprehensive Dictionary of Earth Sciences’. There can be few words left out in the 37 000 terms within its1096 pages which range from ‘aa – coulée de lave scoriacée de type hawaïen’ to ‘Zyriankien – Upper Pleistocene...

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