The book has 616 pages printed with full colour illustrations on glossy paper. It is one of those volumes where each chapter has been written by a different group of specialists. On the positive side it means that each is written from a significant pool of expertise (most chapters are packed with useful and interesting case histories and there are case history Appendices), but it inevitably means that there will be some redundancy between the Chapters, so for example, the reader encounters several descriptions of piezometers, and repeated advice as to how frequently they should be read. Those are not...

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