Revolutions that made the Earth

Rating: Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson. 2013. Revolutions that made the Earth. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978 0 19 967346 9. One of the problems with geology teaching is that the size of the events and the timescales involved are often too great for the tyro to comprehend. Sometimes the problem is that there are just too many pieces to put together and what you really need is something that tells the big picture (in much the same way that […]

Discovering Geology

Discovering Geology – one of the great offerings from the British Geological Survey. Their Make-a-Map is superb for class use. Check out the British Geology Viewer. A bit clunky as it goes from small scale to large scale without intermediates but another excellent resource.


OneGeology is a website aiming to make all the world’s geological map data freely available. The final aim is to make a complete dynamic geological map of the Earth – watch how they progress.

Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology

Rating: F Stuart Chapin III, Pamela A Matson and Peter M Vitousek. 2011. Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology 2e. Springer. ISBN 978 1 4419 9502 5 “Humans have directly modified half of the ice-free terrestrial surface and use 40% of terrestrial production. We are causing the sixth major extinction event in the history of life on Earth…” If you’re going to justify any text, that is probably the most focussing! Taken from the back cover information, this quote very much […]

Physical Geography

Rating: Charles Fletcher. 2011. Physical Geology: The Science of the Earth. Wiley. ISBN 978 0 471 22037 4. Perhaps the most interesting idea when first picking up the book is the statement by the author ‘why have another text on physical geology’? Given the volume of material published (not to mention the legion of resources on the net), it appears to be overload. It’s worth exploring this before looking at the contents. The author argues that there are two elements. […]