Earth Environments

Rating: David Huddart and Tim Stott. 2010. Earth Environments: Past, Present and Future. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 0 471 48532 2. Right at the very beginning of this book, there’s a crucial point: “…never has there been a greater need for an understanding of modern Earth processes…”. That was written at a time of storms and flooding and one might argue that an understanding of historical processes is as important as modern ones but the point is well made. If we […]

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. […]

Geomorphology

Rating: Robert S Anderson and Suzanne P Anderson. 2010. Geomorphology: The Mechanics and Chemistry of Landscapes. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978 0 521 51978 6 The title says much about the geomorphological perspective – (long) gone are the days of descriptive landscapes, although these have always had a use. Current work is focussed far more on the science of the processes. This is crucial because not only does it reflect more accurately the academic world in which this science now […]