As an advocate of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for professional geologists and engineers, I felt privileged to be asked to review this particular book. It is written by like-minded authors, all three having served their professions in the minerals and extractive industries and as former presidents of the Mining Institute of Scotland (MIS).

The book, interspersed with some fascinating archive images, is structured around four central chapters covering three main extractive industry themes or sectors: Scottish coal (separate chapters for industry and technology aspects); metalliferous and allied minerals; and oil and gas. This core is framed at the front by...

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