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December 29, 2008


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Walter Alvarez has written a lot on geology. His earlier book T Rex and the Crater of Doom was quite a success. Recently he has come up with another, The Mountains of St. Francis with a focus on Italian geologists.

Australian paleontologist Tim Flannery has quite a bit of geology in his book The Eternal Frontier, An Ecological History of N.America. He also has a book on the ecology of Australia, but I haven't read it so don't know how much geology is there in it.

But I agree , compared with professional biologists and physicists writing about their field, there is a scarcity of writing from professional geologists.

Suvrat - thanks for the comment - I was hoping to stir things up a bit! I wasn't aware of the new Alvarez book and will get hold of it. Nor did I know about Flannery, so thanks again. There are also the two non-paleontological books by Richard Fortey - The Hidden Landscape and The Earth: an Intimate History, both of which I think qualify as excellent geoscience writing. Hopefully, we'll gather suggestions and compile them.

Thanks for your thoughts (as inspiration to a geology student seeking out good writing to learn from). I find it a little ironic that I never noticed the dearth of geology writing in Dawkins' compendium, even though the Fortey piece on trilobites is among my all-time favorite essays.

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