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The Geology of Northumberland and Durham


THE normal guide-book cannot be said to be as a rule very entertaining reading, and a work like the one before us is essentially a geological guide-book. But the guide-book may be so treated as to present points of interest even to the reader who never puts it to the use for which it was primarily intended. Such a guide-book has been produced by the joint labours of a great poet and a great geologist; and a great historian, when he leads us round towns and cities thick with objects full of historical associations, puts into our hands a guide-book of this type. No one, least of all the author, would for a moment think of placing the unpretending little volume on the geology of Northumberland and Durham in the same class as the books to which allusion has just been made, but it is very curious to note how many questions of interest are started during the perusal of what at first sight looks like nothing more than a rather dry description of local geology. Some of these points may now be noticed.

Outlines of the Geology of Northumberland and Durham.

By Prof. G. A. Lebour. (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Lambert and Co., 1886.)

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GREEN, A. The Geology of Northumberland and Durham . Nature 36, 289–290 (1887).

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