For the August 2013 Accretionary Wedge #59, I asked anyone who reads geology guides, goes on geotourism adventures, or collects fieldtrips to review their books for the good, the bad, and the downright handy.
Hollis Marriott of In the Company of Plants and Rocks is a dedicated geotourist, and offers up her reviews of various books that have guided her adventures, including a whole set of resources for New Mexico.
Lockwood DeWitt’s entry at Outside the Interzone contains a thorough review of Oregon Geology including comparisons between editions, and a bonus brief comment on the Roadside Geology edition for his state.
Ann from Gallivanting Rockhound discusses a few of her experiences with private field guides, and the availability of guides for Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, with particular emphasis on oil & gas.
Tony Martin’s review of Roadside Geology of Georgia awaits publication in the Journal of Southeastern Geology, but his spoiler is it’s a terrific book for anyone who’d like to learn about the geology of Georgia with lots of color figures.
From my own archives, I’m still in love with beautifully-illustrated guides targeted at general audiences, particularly Vancouver: City on the Edge, and Joshua Tree National Park Geology. I’m a lot less fond of the more technical Roadside Geology of Southern British Columbia.
If you have any thoughts on the field guides, regional geology books, and other aids to geotourism but didn’t make the deadline, please add links or even short reviews in the comments. The next Accretionary Wedge is #60: Momentous Discoveries in Geology
Edited to add: MicrobialMatt makes no comment on the quality of the guide, but is quite delighted by the awesome geology described in the free-to-download New Mexico Geological Society guides.