Book Review By: William E. Glassley

Book Review By: William E. Glassley

Geology of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
Martha Hickman Hild and Sandra M. Barr, authors

Review by William E. Glassley, author of A Wilder Time: Notes From a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice

Photo: Anton-Brkić (BLPress)

Through Geology of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, the reader joins Martha Hickman Hild and Sandra M. Barr, both distinguished Ph.D. earth scientists, on beautifully documented explorations of the billion-year-old history of a stunning landscape. This sturdy volume is a treasure trove of intelligently organized and presented information for over 40 sites representing diverse and fascinating chapters of Earth’s evolution in the North Atlantic region. The presented material is easily accessible to anyone, from vacationers and geological novices to research scientists. Clearly labeled maps and illustrations, color photographs, simple directions and well presented “science-for-the-lay-person” text allows the reader to delve below the surface and experience the complex stories of eroded mountain systems and vast, vanished oceans preserved here. The local histories of buildings and towns so thoughtfully conveyed add a facet to this book that connects the reader to the multi-dimensioned reality of each location. For those fortunate to visit the New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island landscape, this field guide should be a required companion.

William E. Glassley, Ph.D. is a distinguished researcher, with current affiliations to both UC-Davis as Director of the California Geothermal Energy Collaborative and the University of Aarhus in Denmark as an Associate Professor in the Department of Geoscience. Mr. Glassley is the author of a geology-themed trade book, A Wilder Time, which has garnered a long list of awards and recognitions including:

  • 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing short list for nonfiction
  • 2019 Burroughs Medal for distinguished natural history writing
  • 2019 New Mexico – Arizona Book Award for Nature/Environment Writing
  • Kirkus Reviews’ 2018 Best Books