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Geology in the Field [Hardcover]

Robert R. Compton
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July 1985 0471829021 978-0471829027 1st
Replaces Compton's Manual of Field Geology (1962). A guide to advances in the increasingly broad and interpretive discipline of formation mapping theory. Thorough, yet compact enough for use in the field, it consists of brief descriptions of textures and structures useful in interpreting depositional environments, kinds of volcanic activity, and plutonic events and conditions. Included are procedures often reserved for the laboratory or office: staining rocks, correcting orientations of current indicators, constructing profile sections of folds, measuring strains, making photogeologic interpretations, and more. Covers pre-field considerations, methods of observation and measurement, recognition of key geologic features, and preparation of a report. Illustrated with composite drawings. Fourteen appendixes provide systemized data and procedures.


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Replaces Compton's Manual of Field Geology (1962). A guide to advances in the increasingly broad and interpretive discipline of formation mapping theory. Thorough, yet compact enough for use in the field, it consists of brief descriptions of textures and structures useful in interpreting depositional environments, kinds of volcanic activity, and plutonic events and conditions. Included are procedures often reserved for the laboratory or office: staining rocks, correcting orientations of current indicators, constructing profile sections of folds, measuring strains, making photogeologic interpretations, and more. Covers pre-field considerations, methods of observation and measurement, recognition of key geologic features, and preparation of a report. Illustrated with composite drawings. Fourteen appendixes provide systemized data and procedures.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (July 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471829021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471829027
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the BEST one volume field manual around. May 30, 1999
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Compton's text is one of those it seems that every geologist has read at some point. Clear, concise and practical, the text covers all the basics of field geology. The text is in three basic parts: Chapters 1-8 cover doing field work, e.g., equipment needed, basic procedures at outcrops, mapping rock units, geologic mapping, use of aerial photos, and mapping with a plane table and alidade. Chapters 9-15 cover describing the basic rock types (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic) as well as volcanic structures and plutons. I remember well almost memorizing the chapter on Stratigraphic Sections as an undergraduate. The final part of the book is the appendices which contain much valuable information such as percentage diagrams for estimating rock compositions by volume and a table of standard lithologic symbols. I carry photocopies of several of the appendices in my field notebook for reference. (They are lighter than the AGI Data Sheets and on some trips weight is critical.) Use of the book will clearly be dictated by the type of field work one does, however, the entire text is a wealth of information. The book only shows its age (1985) with omission of a couple of important developments in field geology such as GPS, now often used in field reports. However, this is only a minor complaint. Field geology is done in the field, but Compton's manual will give every geologist the necessary information to begin the adventure. And mastering the basics in "Geology in the Field" will provide a solid foundation on which to build all of our individual, personal quirks and habits we seem to evolve while at the outcrops.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any geology field camp January 24, 2007
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To briefly summarize... Compton's Geology in the Field is the BIBLE for geology field camp students. Don't leave home without it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I buy it sooner? July 3, 2007
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This is a great field guide for new geologists. I just wish I had found it before field camp. It explains everything you need to know in the field clearly and is small enough to take on any day hike. It is rather spendy but totally worth it. I would recommend this book to any of my fellow students or co-workers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The canonical field geology manual !!! July 20, 1998
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Look no further, folks, this is it! You have reached the only exhaustive field manual for serious geological mapping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing will replace this book for some time to come. February 12, 2014
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You like rocks? You like describing rocks? Do you need to describe rocks for a scientific publication. Yeah, you're gonna need this.

OR

You like soil? Where does soil come from? (Yeah you know where I'm going with this)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Geology student. July 14, 2013
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A classic that needs updating but has served me well in my classes and especially geology field camp. Expensive as it is out of print.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GEology students must have!! June 12, 2013
By Cory
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Of all the books out there tis is the must have for amateurs and professionals alike whether a feild geologist a student or a weekend enthusiast this book will give you the information that you need to help you find out what you want.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great February 26, 2013
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This book is great! It came to me in perfect condition and also on time. No bumps or digs on the book. I am happy
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This text is great for work in the field. It was a required text for my Field Camp course, and I still have it. It's a great resource for both in the field and afterwards. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Graduate Student
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic
Yes, this is exactly what you're looking for. Used by field geologists for generations. Awesome index. I bought mine to replace my grandfather's.
Published 18 months ago by J. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for every serious geologist
This is the "bible" for any field geologist. I have used it on several field trips as well as my advanced field geology course. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dennis Dammit
5.0 out of 5 stars the best
there is no better book than this for field work in geology. I have been using it for over 2 years everyday in my field pack and I wouldn't leave home without it.
Published 19 months ago by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars you should probably have it
you should probably have this as a reference book since everyone else does, but some of the material is out dated and there are more current methods available, but you should still... Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by A. Piasecki
4.0 out of 5 stars Geology in the Field
This book does an excellent job of describing and illustrating geologic field methods. I particularly liked the sections on Identifying Rocks in the Field, and Basic Prodedures at... Read more
Published on January 10, 2010 by J. Burris
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect reference
What a help when out in the field, or in the lab! I review this before every outing. Has great experience with what you need in the field and what might/will go wrong. Read more
Published on January 6, 2010 by P. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars No update of Compton's 'bible' in over 20 years shows the state of...
I think the true state of field geology is illustrated by the date of this pub and the lack of a much needed revision, the movement towards 'black box' geology in 30 years, an... Read more
Published on February 1, 2007 by James Safranek
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