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Introduction to physical oceanography. Introduction to physical chemistry. Petrology and ore deposits are mentioned in various connections, but their detailed treatment is also deferred. Many aspects of seawater geochemistry and atmospheric geochemistry are discussed, although these have already been handled in greater detail in the first t w o volumes of the series.
Biogeochemistry is emphasized, as it must be in a book on chemical pollution, but more attention is promised for biological aspects of the environment in a later volume. Tables of geochemical data are not a prominent part of the book, although brief and useful tables are included with some articles and several pages are devoted to an up-to-date tabulation of element abundances in terrestrial and extraterrestrial materials.
A random sampling of other topics will give an idea of the book's coverage: To pass judgment on articles in a heterogeneous assemblage like this is manifestly unfair, because a reviewer cannot claim to have read all articles w i t h equal care and equal lack of bias.
But perhaps it is w o r t h noting a few of the papers that impressed me as particularly good, especially for purposes of an encyclopedia: Calcium Carbonate: Geochemistry R. Schmalz ; Crystal-field Theory R. Burns and W. Fyfe ; Geochronometry J. Kulp ; Iron: Economic Deposits F. Creasey ; Precambrian Atmosphere G.
Goles ; Rare Earths in Basalts J. Geological structure is the general basis for this subdivision, a modified form of Bostock's scheme.
The Arctic Lands province is defined as the area north of the tree line and transcends contrasting geological divisions.
The last two-thirds of the volume comprises seven chapters f r o m 4 to 23 pages long, each covering a physiographic region. The length of a chapter evidently reflects the author's interests rather than the size of the area: the Appalachian--Acadian province receives 23 pages but the vast Canadian Shield has only 9 pages, though part of it reappears under Arctic Lands.
No words are wasted on a concluding statement; the reader is abandoned in a landslide.
A six page index completes the volume. Three to ten recommended readings are listed at the end of each chapter. Many other authors are credited in the t e x t but are not given bibliographic attention. Illustrations include 80 line drawings, of which three-quarters are maps. There are also 56 photographs, including many good ones taken by the author.
This useful book seems to have been written hurriedly, and has distracting, generally trivial defects which all together may induce many readers to shelve the book unfinished after reading some section of special interest.
Rather than giving maximum space to individual regions so that the "curious traveller" in the AppalachianAcadian province, for instance, can read about it is one chapter, additional information is scattered through the i n t r o d u c t o r y Chapters 1 to 5.
An adequate definition of the author's concept of a region is lacking: a f o o t n o t e referring to granite doubts the value of morphologic analysis based on climatic regions; but four pages later geology is abandoned and climate exclusively is used to define "The Arctic Lands".
This causes some uneconomic repetition; for example, the drumlins west of Hudson Bay are mentioned briefly in three places instead of receiving a single comprehensive paragraph.
Most place names in the t e x t are omitted from the maps.
Readers need a very comprehensive knowledge of Canadian places or adequate map reference. On each of t w o pages chosen at random there are about t w e n t y names which do not appear on maps in the book.
A quarter of them are not shown in one authoritative world atlas. One name appearing early in the text is "Parry Channel". This is not on official maps of Canada or on maps in Professor Bird's earlier monograph on Arctic Canda though it is used at the beginning of that w o r k also.
The reader of the present book is kept in suspense up to page where it is explained that the "Parry Channel" includes several channels that together form a major east-west passage through the Arctic Islands; it is labelled in figures that follow. The omission of the words " R i v e r " , "Mountain", and "Hills" from many names and the italicizing of words being defined, transmit and air of condescension.
A few statements are questionable, for example in paraphrase: loess and lake deposits are true interglacial beds; and the sides of coulees in Alberta and Saskatchewan are vertical.
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