A.P. Dykes writes: Boylan et al. (2008) present a comprehensive overview of peat instability in Ireland, including a historical perspective and a review of the difficulties of peat strength characterization. Their stated aim is to ‘summarize the issues surrounding peat slope failure in Ireland that would be of interest to an engineer or engineering geologist’ (p. 93). In general they achieve this aim more than adequately, but their account contains details that would benefit from some further clarification. This is particularly so given that they appear to introduce information that may be interpreted as contradictory to some previous and very...

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