Top 2016 Geology Books

These are my top five geology books published in 2016, mostly textbooks and reference books. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any way. Included is the text blurb; personal review available on request!

Want more book recommendations? Check out the other top 2016 book lists: Zoology; Invertebrates; Arthropods; Vertebrates; Humans and Primates; Phylogenetics; Evolution; Ecology; Historical Geology; Palaeontology; Botany; Environmental; Climate Change; History; Philosophy.


  • A Concise Geologic Time Scale: 2016 presents a summary of Earth’s history over the past 4.5 billion years, as well as a brief overview of contemporaneous events on the Moon, Mars, and Venus. The authors have been at the forefront of chronostratigraphic research and initiatives to create an international geologic time scale for many years, and the charts in this book present the most up-to-date international standard, as ratified by the International Commission on Stratigraphy and the International Union of Geological Sciences.


  • In Testing Modern Biostratigraphical Methods: Application to the Ammonoid Zonation across the Devonian-Carboniferous Boundary, Carina Klein examines the quality of the existing modern ammonoid zonation based on three methods, being Unitary Associations (UA), Constrained Optimization (CONOP) as well as Ranking and Scaling (RASC). The author sets out which of these three methods is best suitable to refine these zones. The results obtained are compared to each other with regard to ammonoid succession and resolution as well as with empirical data from selected reference sections. The analysis reveals that the UA and RASC methods are the most suitable since the results best mirror the empirical data from the single outcrops.


  • A large number of boreal lakes are ice-covered in winter. However, research and literature of these lakes concerns by far only the open water season. In particular, no textbook on physics of ice-covered lakes existed until Freezing of Lakes and the Evolution of their Ice Cover.


  • Suitable for a wide audience, Landforms of High Mountains is an introduction to geomorphology. It includes a wealth of illustrations to aid understanding, as well as examples from many different nations and continents. It covers every aspect of the topic from glacial erosion to volcanoes.


  • Essentials of Geology, Fifth Edition, integrates Marshak’s popular and proven text approach with exciting new media and assessment resources that guide students to a clearer understanding of the course material. Marshak has personally applied his expertise, with an emphasis on the visuals, to this robust suite of videos, animations and simulations, art, and interactive assessment questions that get students seeing and engaging with geologic concepts as a geologist would.


    Want more book recommendations? Check out the other top 2016 book lists: Zoology; Invertebrates; Arthropods; Vertebrates; Humans and Primates; Phylogenetics; Evolution; Ecology; Historical Geology; Palaeontology; Botany; Environmental; Climate Change; History; Philosophy.

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