- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (July 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471829021
- ISBN-13: 978-0471829027
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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In my early geological experience/work the "standard" reference for field work was by Lahee. When Compton's Manual appeared in 1962 it was a matter of opinon which was the better of the two though I preferred Lahee as I was already familiar with it. The 1985 edition settled the question. Compton was the book to have. Technology had changed enough for Plane-table mapping to be replaced by the then (1985) widely available aerial photographs. Today an updated version would place emphasis on remote sensing by satellites, lidar, and possibly dones.
"Geology in the Field" does a better job of describing rocks and rock features of all types but the "Manual" does a good enough job in most instances. The one area covered so much better in 85 than in 62 is zonation of pegmatites. If you are considering the earlier book for field camp I recommend that you photocopy the pegmatite sections from the 85 edition.
There are several recent (post 2000) books that could be considered competitors but in my opinion none is as good at the 1985 book. The one exception here is Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Color Guide by Dorrik A.V. Stow. If your need is strictly sedimentary rocks Stow may be more valuable.
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