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Fieldwork By Christopher H. Scholz

Fieldwork
by Christopher H. Scholz

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This memoir of a three-month-long field expedition to northern Botswana tracks the adventures of a group of American scientists trying to gather critical data in some of the wildest and most inhospitable parts of Africa.
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Fieldwork: A Geologist's Memoir of the Kalahari by Christopher H. Scholz

This memoir of a three-month-long field expedition to northern Botswana tracks the adventures of a group of American scientists trying to gather critical data in some of the wildest and most inhospitable parts of Africa. The goal of the Scholz expedition was to determine, by recording tiny natural earthquakes, if a previously unknown arm of the East African Rift system had propagated into the Kalahari from the north.

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Fieldwork Reviews


"Fieldwork is delightful. Like Bill Menard's The Ocean of Truth, this book gives an account of how earth science works. However, it also has a story to tell. Often the logistical problems behind a scientific expedition are as captivating as the science itself. Christopher Scholz's primary objective is to spell out the logistical planning and execution that is required to make a scientific discovery."-Terry Engelder, Pennsylvania State University
"Few earth scientists write anything in the style of their life's memoirs, so this book is doubly welcome. It should appeal to a wide variety of readers, whether fieldworkers or not. The science is accessibly laid out and richly embroidered with tales of the bush."---Keith Cox, Nature
"Had Raymond Chandler written of a geologist searching for a 'lost' African rift valley, [Fieldwork] might have been the result. . . . I read it at one sitting, with an image of the late Robert Mitchum as he might have been in the film version. . . ."---Anthony Sinclair, Antiquity
"A refreshing and easy description of science at the blunter end. . . . You can feel [Scholz's] quiet thrill as he stands on a hillock which, he thinks, lies above the very tip of a continental rift creeping through Botswana." * The Economist *
"In Fieldwork, we learn about aspects of science and about the motivation of a scientist as well as about the problems facing a country emerging from a colonial past. The book makes a bridge between various kinds of human endeavors. It's very well-written, very readable, and hard to put down."-Alfred G. Fischer, University of Southern California
"[T]his book is doubly welcome. It should appeal to a wide variety of readers, whether fieldworkers or not. The science is accessibly laid out and richly embroidered with tales of the bush. . . . Although much of the book is devoted to the sheer joy of life in the bush (and its perils), and is written so that you can almost smell the smoke of the campfire, the descriptions of occasional trips to town are just as evocative of Africa. We meet a rich array of ramshackle bars with ramshackle customers, we play plenty of darts and hear many a comic or curious yarn." * Nature *
"Fieldwork tells a truly engrossing story. It is a great yarn. . . . told with an eye for the interesting detail and a flair for narrative. . . . As Scholz says, 'Some things in life are worth doing solely for the experience.' The same thing could be said about reading this book."---James Trefil, The New York Times Book Review
"A gripping account of a small research program directed at understanding how continents rift apart.... A thrilling read."---Rob Butler, The New Scientist

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GOR007860654
Fieldwork: A Geologist's Memoir of the Kalahari by Christopher H. Scholz
Christopher H. Scholz
Princeton Legacy Library
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Princeton University Press
1997-06-01
192
0691012261
9780691012261
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