Dr. Sadhbh Baxter has kindly put together a starter book list to help get you going.
We will add to this list from time to time. If you have any favourite books that you think might be added please send in the titles. Happy reading.
(Free) eBook on Structural Geology
Good starter book, and Irish themed:
Understanding Earth Processes, Rocks and the Geological History of Ireland
Geology of Ireland, a Field Guide (Meere et al, The Collins Press)
Earth, Portrait of a planet, Stephen Marshak. Good introductory text book, and the one recommended to 1st year students.
Some other books that might be of interest – they have either a geological theme, and are put in a historical context, or they are historical but have some geological interest.
A Crack at the Edge of the World: Simon Winchester (the story of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906)
Krakatoa - The day the world exploded : Simon Winchester
The map that changed the world. The tale of William Smith and the birth of a
science: Simon Winchester
The Dinosaur Hunters: Deborah Cadbury
A Fish Caught in Time – the search for the Coelecanth: Samantha Weinberg (the coelecanth is a ‘living fossil’ – unchanged for 100s of millions of years, and only discovered by science in 1938)
Journey from the Centre of the Earth – how geology shaped civilisation: Iain Stewart (geology and the emergence of civilisations around the Mediterranean)
Salt – a world history: Mark Kurlansky
Down the Great Unknown – the conquest of the Grand Canyon: Edward Dolnick
Terra - Tales of the Earth - Four Events That Changed the World: Richard Hamblyn (accounts of the Lisbon earthquake of 1755; the weather-panics of the summer of 1783; the eruption of Krakatau in 1883; and, the Hilo tsunami of 1946)
Anything by Richard Fortey:
Life: An Unauthorised Biography (1997) A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
Earth: An Intimate History (2004)
Survivors (2011) (published in N America as Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind (2012))
Dr Sadhbh Baxter
Earth & Ocean Sciences
School of Natural Sciences