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Geological maps : an introduction
Maltman, Alex, 1944-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Chichester, West Sussex, Eng. ; New York, NY : John Wiley & Sons, [1998]

Physical Description:
x, 260 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of color plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm
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QE36 .M33 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Geological maps remain a fundamental tool in earth science. They provide an essential link as geology continues to expand and diversify; computer methods are adding further to their power and versatility. Hence it is more important than ever that students of the Earth are familiar with the principles of working with geological maps. This book introduces geological maps in a clear, readable and practical way. Abstract and idealistic examples (so common in other treatments of the subject) have been avoided and almost all the illustrations used are taken from real maps and real situations around the world. This new edition has been substantially revised and provides worked solutions to the numerous map exercises. Extensive use of three dimensional diagrams and eight colour maps coupled with the up-to-date and lively text will ensure that this book remains the standard reference for students of earth science. New chapters on wider uses of geological maps, such as in environmental planning and in understanding the landscape around us, will also make the book indispensable for environmental scientists and geographers, and of interest to amateur geologists. Contents
* Some Fundamentals of Geological Maps
* The Nature of Geological Maps: The 'Ten Mile' Map of the UK and the 1:2500000 Map of the USA
* The Three-Dimensional Aspect: Structure Contours
* Measurements in Three-Dimensions: Strike and Dip, Formation Thickness and Depth
* Geological Cross Sections
* Visual Assessment of Outcrop Patterns: Horizontal and Dipping Formations
* Unconformities
* Folds
* Faults
* Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks: Mineral and Superficial Deposits
* Geological History from Maps
* Maps in Environmental Geology
* Wider Uses of Geological Maps: Understanding the Landscape
* The Heritage of Geological Maps
* The Production of Geological Maps

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This work, like several other recent books, including B.C.M. Butler and J.D. Bell's Interpretation of Geological Maps (1988), Clive A. Boulter's Four Dimensional Analysis of Geological Maps (CH, Apr'90), and T. Bolton's Geological Maps (1989), is intended primarily for use as an introduction to geologic maps for undergraduate students. It covers fundamentals such as map projections and legends, strike and dip, drawing cross-sections, the rule of V's, and determination of fault displacements. Examples are taken from actual geologic maps of portions of various countries, primarily of the US and Great Britain. Many map exercises are included and there is a delightful chapter on the history of geologic mapping. This book can be used for self-instruction and review but, because no answers are provided for the suggested exercises, it is best used as a textbook. Bolton's book does provide solutions to exercises and thus would be better for self-teaching. However, the latter has relatively little text and is based on geological maps of Great Britain. Butler and Bell is probably the best for academic libraries in North America. -J. Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History