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Colliding Continents: A geological exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibet Paperback – Import, 26 Oct 2017
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Beautifully illustrated. (Independent i)
Entertaining and informative, Colliding Continents is an easy read which should appeal to anyone with even a little interest in geology. (Danny Yee, dannyreviews.com)
All can learn from the master in this excellent book. (Jonathan Wright, Geographical)
There's something here to please anyone on the geology spectrum: the student wanting to understand how the fundamentals are applied; the academic intrigued by the science; the climber dreaming of virgin territory. All can learn from the master in this excellent book. (Simon Cook, Oman Daily Observer)
This is a wonderful record of Mike Searles 30 year geological explorations of the high mountains of Asia. He writes as clearly and concisely as he talks, always making huge geological dramas intelligible and interesting to the layman as well as to the expert. Whether you view the Himalaya and Karakoram as a giant exercise bar or a place for spiritual renewal, you will find this geological history of the high mountains of Asia absolutely fascinating. (Doug Scott, Climber and Amateur Geologist)
An intimate anatomy of the greatest mountain range in the planet, revealed by a geologist who has walked, scrambled and climbed over virtually every inch of it. (Iain Stewart, Geologist and Broadcaster)
About the Author
Mike Searle has worked for the last 30 years on the geology of the Himalaya, Karakoram, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. He combines geological field investigations with mountaineering expeditions to the greater ranges, and has published more than 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of Geology and Tectonics of the Karakoram Mountains (Wiley-Blackwell, 1991) and has co-edited four books for the Geological Society of London. He has published a Geological Map of the Mount Everest region, Nepal and South Tibet (2003, 2007) and has given numerous talks about the region.
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The mix of the trekking and at the same time collection of the data allows to see much better the field-geologist (or should using the wording of archaeology say "the dirt geologist") and to come closer to what is truly "marching science". After reading some other books of explorers of the Himalayas, I wanted to attempt to understand the geological processes going in the region. The book fulfils my desire.
How do we know this? The full array of earth sciences is involved, geology is key. Mike Searle, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, England, has for long been established as a principal contributor to our knowledge of how and when the Himalayan, Karakoram and Tibetan landscapes were formed. In the 30 years of his academic career so far, he has contributed detailed geological maps covering a huge area scarcely explored before; taken part in the scientific debate over a succession of theories and models; and been an effective communicator at the level of the TV science program as well as within academia. This book is his account of all that, especially of his many exploratory visits to the region.
Reading the book requires an openness to the science, but no great prior knowledge, as everything is explained in terms understandable to anyone who once took their studies in the sciences a little beyond the basics - or even could have, but didn't. If you happen not to be familiar with the differences between, say, greenschist, gneiss and shale, don't worry, it's all in the extensive appendices as well as the text.
But this isn't just an Earth Science textbook. It also tells us much about climbing and trekking in the region - historically, and by others as well as by Mike Searle himself. And there are potted descriptions of the various indigenous peoples, and of the political background. Most striking of all are the more than 200 pictures and diagrams. Predominantly of mountains, all are so beautiful it would be entirely feasible to treat this book as a coffee table book, leaving it around for visitors to leaf through in otherwise idle moments. Full marks to Mike Searle (himself the photographer in the great majority of cases), Oxford University Press, and to the book's designer; in almost every case the relevant picture or diagram is on the same page or no further than overleaf from the reference to it in the text. The whole book is a joy to behold - printed in full color on quality paper and bound both to last and to enhance the bookshelf.