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 […]


Scalgo Interactive is an interesting site showing the power of interactive mapping. It puts a layer on maps showing impact of sea level change on waterways.

The Global Casino

Rating: Nick Middleton. 2013. The Global Casino: an introduction to environmental issues.5e.  Routledge. ISBN. 978 1 4441 4662 2 At a time when there are so many specialist texts on matters dealing with environmental issues (usually with only one topic in mind) it’s good to see one that tackles so many different ones and impressive to see it through 5 editions and 18 years. Having seen a few of these earlier incarnations, a new arrival always piques interest. The basic […]

Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems

Rating: Kirstie A Fryirs and Gary J Brierley. 2013. Geomorphic Analysis of River Systems. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978 1 4501 9274 3 Most books on rivers deal with just that. Not surprising really and we could say the same about any other aspect of the biotic or abiotic environment. However, there is a point here. By focussing on the river, you tend not to connect it to the landscape. This is not a problem for the professional geomorphologist because they know […]


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 […]