Hi all, a topic to discuss which books we can recommend to each other (geology, astronomy, atmosphere etc).
I've read (and own) the following and can definitely recommend:
Stargazing from game reserves in Southern Africa - Fairall - Struik
I found this a very good beginner's introductory book. Has the 'big 5' constellations, a little bit of mythology and decent star charts.
The Story Of Earth & Life: A Southern African Perspective on a 4.6-Billion-Year Journey - McCarthy, Rubidge - Struik
A great introduction to earth sciences, geology and a bit of evolution theory and paleo-anthropology. Written by two Wits professors. Has a lot of very good graphics.
Geological Journeys - Gorman, Whitfield, Struik
Descriptions of major geological features to be found on major highways and major cities in SA. Also has a very good geological map. Very useful for trips.
Teach Yourself: Geology - Rothery - Teach Yourself Books
A nice introduction to geology. I'd recommend.
I've also read the following but wouldn't necessarily recommend:
Geology: A Self-Teaching Guide by Murck (Wiley). I didn't find too much in this book that wasn't in the other two I've discussed above. The graphics are all black and white and hand-drawn. This book also uses some conflicting terminology.
South Africa's Mining and Geological Heritage by Viljoen & Reimold (Mintek).
This book is out of print but highly recommended by a lot of other people. If you want to sell me yours, PM me!
Teach Yourself: Weather by Inness (Teach Yourself Books)
I'd like to learn more about weather systems since I don't really understand them too well. I've paged through this in bookstores and it looks quite good.
The Field Guide to Geology By Lambert (Checkmark Books)
I've gone through this book in the library. It has plenty of great graphics that explain geological systems and processes.
What books would you recommend for beginners?
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