Books : reviews

James F. P. Cotter.
Practical Geology.
Great Courses. 2022

rating : 3.5 : worth reading
review : 1 August 2023

This is the course guidebook that accompanies the 24 lecture “Great Course” of the same name. It is essentially an abbreviated transcript of each 30 minute lecture, a few pictures, some suggested reading, and a few questions to think about. (I watched the lectures, which is what I am reviewing here, and am using the book simply as an aide-memoire.)

This is an interesting course on field geology. There is plenty of theory: how, where and why rocks form and erode. There is also plenty of practical guidelines: field equipment, looking for rocks, even prospecting for gold and gems. This combination makes for an interesting combination of old rocks, and what they are like today.