Understanding Ethiopia: Geology and Scenery by Frances Williams

Understanding Ethiopia: Geology and Scenery (Springer, 2016) is a new book written by Frances Williams, a former lecturer at Addis Ababa University, about the geology and landscapes of Ethiopia.

Aimed primarily at the casual reader (but also with much to engage the specialist), the book provides an easy-to-read overview of Ethiopia’s unique and amazing geology, which is dominated by ancient highlands incised by deep river gorges and the spectacular Rift Valley. The book is broken up into well-structured chapters that cover the country region-by-region, providing a geological background to the majestic scenery associated with the likes of the Simien and Bale Mountains, as well as to rock-hewn churches and other stone artefacts at cultural sites such as Axum, Tigray and Lalibela. Other chapters cover the geology of Northern Afar and its spectacular volcanoes, of Southern Afar and its role as the probable birthplace of mankind, of the southern Rift Valley and its lakes, of the little visited Western Highlands, of the crater lakes around Bishoftu etc etc. The writing throughout is clear and precise without being off-putting academic or jargon-ridden, and the text is well illustrated with maps, diagrams and photographs. Overall, it’s a highly engaging and accessible read, and unreservedly recommended to anyone with an interest in the subject matter.

Understanding Ethiopia: Geology and Scenery is available as a softcover or downloadable ebook from the publisher, Springer International Publishing, at http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-02180-5. It can also be bought through other sites such as amazon.com or amazon.co.uk.

Ethiopia book cover

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