Price £45, paperback, pp. 368, July 1997 - JOHN WILEY & SONS (Chichester, New York, Brisbane, Toronto,Singapore).
For a review of this dictionary , see ITI Bulletin article of Nov. 1998
This dictionary brings together the most commonly used scientific, technical and general terms that the authors have encountered in a wide range of different disciplines within the earth sciences: geology, soil science, petrography, petroleum and mining geology, planetology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, geochemistry, geochronology, geophysics, seismology, physical geography, palaeontology, volcanology, marine geology, hydrogeology, mineralogy, etc. The coverage has been considerably augmented compared with previous editions, especially in the environmental sciences (protection, pollution, storage of wastes), meteorology and petrology. In total, there are now about 12,600 main entry terms in English and 8,000 in French. Wherever possible, the terms have been validated using sources in the scientific literature or checked against records in a database (GEOBASE) developed by Dr M.S.N. CARPENTER. As a result of the different phases of revision, this third edition represents an extensive terminological resource whose approach is not only specialized but also synthetic. Owing to its improved scope, this dictionary should become an indispensable aid for readers of earth science texts in both English and French, while also offering a reliable tool for scientific translation and writing. In particular, it may be used to remove possible doubts or ambiguities when translating from one language to another.
DICTIONNAIRE DES SCIENCES DE LA TERRE - ANGLAIS-FRANCAIS/FRANCAIS-ANGLAIS, 3ème édition, Dunod, Paris, 1999, pour la nouvelle présentation, par: J-P. MICHEL, R.W. FAIRBRIDGE et M.S.N. CARPENTER (ISBN:2 10 004640 3)
Preface to the 3rd edition of "Dictionary of Earth Sciences", by J.-P. MICHEL, R.W. FAIRBRIDGE and M.S.N. CARPENTER, Masson, Paris, 1997
This edition has been considerably supplemented by J.-P. Michel, especially in the environmental sciences (protection, pollution, storage of wastes), meteorology and petrology. Subsequently, the entries were completely revised and validated by Dr M.S.N. Carpenter, a professional translator with a D.Phil. in Geology from Oxford University, who is also a Language Tutor for science students at Rennes 1 University, France. Where necessary, Dr Carpenter has indicated the American and British spelling variants and, after consulting the cited sources, has also suggested preferred usage or terminology in the place of entries originally proposed by Prof. Fairbridge or J-P. Michel. The French-English part now contains an increased amount of terminological information, partly as a result of corrections to the English-French part. For the convenience of non-French speaking users, grammar codes are given for all main terms in French.
In comparison with the second edition, the English-French part contains 24 additional pages (1 440 main entries) and the French-English part contains 19 additional pages (1 140 main entries). In total, there are now about 12, 600 main entry terms in English and 8,000 in French.
As a result, this third edition is greatly improved in its scope and should become an indispensable aid for readers of geological articles and books published in both English and French. It is intended as a language resource for authors and translators alike, also offering a reliable tool for communication at scientific meetings and congresses.
To consult list of corrections to 3rd edition, see errata