Question: I would like a general geology book, not a textbook, something engaging for a general audience.
April 6th, 2007
This is a tough question, but a list I’ve been meaning to compile for a while.
This particular patron walked away with Assembling California by John McPhee and Roadside geology of northern California by David Alt. Other recommendations follow (the books themselves will be on display in Branner for browsing and borrowing). This list is intended as a starting point, by no means exhaustive.
General interest earth science-themed reading:
- The Age of the Earth by Dalrymple; QE508 .D28 1991
- Annals of the Former World by McPhee; QE77 .M38 1998 which includes:
- Basin and Range; QE79 .M28 1981
- In Suspect Terrain; QE78.3 .M36 1983
- Rising from the Plains; QE79 .M29 1986
- Assembling California; QE89 .M37 1993
- Beyond Oil: the View from Hubbert’s Peak by Deffeyes; TP318 .D44 2005
- Cataclysms on the Columbia by Allen; QE581 .A43 1991
- Collapse by Diamond; HN13 .D5 2005
- Field notes from a Catastrophe by Kolbert; QC981.8 .G56 K655 2006
- Krakatoa by Winchester; QE523 .K73 W56 2003B
- Life: a natural history of the first four billion years of life on earth by Fortey; QH366.2 .F69 1997
- The Map that Changed the World by Winchester; QE22 .S6 W55 2001
- Plate Tectonics by Oreskes; QE511.4 .P53 2001
- The Rejection of Continental Drift by Oreskes; QE511.4 .O74 1999
- Something New Under the Sun by McNeill; GF13 .M39 2000
- T-Rex and the Crater of Doom by Alvarez; QE506 .A48 1997
- Volcano Cowboys by Thompson; QE521 .T48 2000
Other lists from the blogogeosphere (or is it the geoblogosphere?):
Apparent Dip’s Great Science Book Challenge
Geology Home Companion’s Geology Reading List
California Council of Geoscience Organization’s Armchair Geologist Reading List
Stay tuned for future lists, and updates to the aforementioned. Anticipated themes include: environmental classics, geobiographies, geology of California, fuel for thought. Please send suggested titles or potential themes our way.