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Basic Geological Mapping, 5th Edition

Basic Geological Mapping, 5th Edition

Richard J. Lisle, Peter Brabham, John W. Barnes

ISBN: 978-0-470-68634-8

Aug 2011

230 pages

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Part of The Geological Field Guide Series, Basic Geological Mapping, 5th Edition is an essential basic guide to field techniques in mapping geology. Now completely revised and updated the book retains the concise clarity which has made it an indispensable instant reference in its previous editions. It provides the reader with all the necessary practical information and techniques that they will need while carrying out work in the field, covering a wide spectrum of different conditions, needs and types of countries. This edition covers new developments in technology including Google Earth and the use of GPS. This is an ideal field guide to geological mapping for 2nd/3rd year undergraduates of Geology, Hydrogeology and Geological Engineering.

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Preface to the fourth edition

Preface to the fifth edition


1.                   Introduction

2.                   Field Equipment

3.                   Topographic Base Maps

4.                   Methods of Geological Mapping

5.                   Technological aids to mapping

6.                   Field Measurements and Techniques

7.                   Mappable Rock Units and Lithology

8.                   Field maps and Field Notebooks

9.                   Fair Copy Maps and other Illustrations

10.               Cross-sections and 3D Illustrations


11.               Geological Reports


Appendix I  Adjustment of a closed compass traverse


Appendix II  Field equipment checklist

Appendix III  Indicators of stratigraphical way-up


Appendix IV Useful charts and tables





“In summary, the book is written for geology students mapping in the U.K., as opposed to the professional geoscientist. At its best, the book conveys the advice of experienced geology instructors to novice field mapping students as they struggle to learn the fundamentals of geologic observation and interpretation.”  (Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, 2 May 2013)

“No field geoscientist should be without this handy, unparalleled guide.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students.”  (Choice, 1 August 2012)

"This is a "how to do it" book and excels in being a good straight-forward read, packed with detailed information and advice, spiced with a little humour here and there." (Geomatics World, 1 March 2012)