THE Malay Peninsula is of especial geological interest both academic and economic. The primary facts regarding it are uncertain owing to the contradictory accounts of Mr. Scrivenor, the Government Geologist, Mr. W. E. Cameron, the former Government Economic Geologist, Dr. W. R. Jones, and Dr. Rastall. Mr. Scrivenor remarks that the confusion “has rarely, if ever, been equalled in geological literature.” We therefore turn to this attractive volume in the hope of finding a solution of the difficulties. It should close one of the controversies, for the author abandons his claim for the Permo-Carboniferous age and glacial origin of some boulder beds, and accepts them as modern alluvial deposits. In other respects, however, the issues still remain obscure; for though Mr. Scrivenor remarks that the conclusions in Dr. Rastall's recent papers should be used as a basis of discussion, he is obviously doubtful about them. The author's account does not carry conviction as to whether in Malaya there are two distinct series of granites, and whether some of it is of Upper Mesozoic age. The book leaves some of the fundamental facts of Malay geology in unfortunate uncertainty. It contains a concise and useful account of the chief tin mines.
The Geology of Malayan Ore-Deposits.
By. Pp. xv + 216. (London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1928.) 16s. net.
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The Geology of Malayan Ore-Deposits . Nature 122, 767 (1928). https://doi.org/10.1038/122767d0