Geological Field Sketches and Illustrations: A Practical Guide

ISBN : 9780198835929

Matthew J. Genge
304 Pages
138 x 138 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
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Learning to draw field sketches is an essential task for geologists, however it is often overlooked. This book presents simple techniques, useful tips and detailed examples to teach geologists how to draw rocks successfully. Field sketches are the best way to record the natural world, and yet they are one of the most difficult parts of fieldwork to master. This book shows how to go about drawing the key elements of geology in and out of the field and is a practical guide that will help you improve your diagrams and the quality of your notes. Through simple rules, useful tips and detailed examples the author describes how to go about drawing outcrops, structures, hand specimens and thin-sections and what features need to be observed and recorded. If you've ever wished you could draw geology better, this book is for you.


1 Introduction to Drawing Geology
2 The Methods of Drawing
3 Drawing Faults
4 Drawing Folds
5 Drawing Complex Structures and Metamorphic Rocks
6 Drawing Three Dimensions
7 Landscape Sketches
8 Drawing Igneous Outcrops
9 Drawing Sedimentary Outcrops
10 Drawing Fossils
11 Drawing Hand Specimens of Rocks and Crystals
12 Drawing Rocks in Thin-Section
13 The Art of Maps
14 Geological Cross-sections
15 Drawing Schematic Diagrams
16 Modern Techniques in Illustration and Recording in Geology

About the author: 

Matt Genge has taught Geology at Imperial College for nearly twenty years and in particular leads undergraduate fieldwork including mapping. He teaches Royal School of Mines students how to make the best possible fieldnotes. Dr Genge is also a planetary scientist and volcanologist who has conducted research fieldtrips all over the world including East Africa, the Sahara, the outback of Australia and in Antarctica. In all these places he drew field sketches.

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