Just received the above titled book from Elsevier for review. I had the great pleasure of spending some time in the field in Myanmar with Andrew Mitchell in 2017 and this important contribution by him is a remarkable testament to his life’s work. He has enormous knowledge of the geology and mineral deposits of Myanmar and that is obvious in this text.
I will be undertaking a chapter-by-chapter review of the text over the coming 6 weeks or so and posting here. A quick review: The text is well written, beautifully presented and the numerous maps provide new geological insights. As a largely personal contribution this is an unusual work and will be important to minerals industry professionals and researchers and importantly, geoscience educators in Myanmar.
Geological Belts, Plate Boundaries, and Mineral Deposits in Myanmar, Mitchell, A., Elsevier, pp 524, ISBN 978-0-12-803382-1 , https://doi.org/10.1016/C2014-0-00978-1, 2018
Geological Belts, Plate Boundaries and Mineral Deposits in Myanmar arms readers with a comprehensive overview of the geography, geology, mineral potential and tectonic plate activity of Myanmar. The book focuses on the nature and history of the structural belts and terranes of Myanmar, with particular emphasis on the mineral deposits and their relationship to stratigraphy and structure. The country has a long history of plate tectonic activity, and the most recent plate movements relate to the northward movement of the India plate as it collides with Asia. Both of these are responsible for the earthquakes which frequently occur, making the country a geologically dynamic region. Additionally, Myanmar is rich in mineral and petroleum potential and the site of some of Southeast Asia’s largest faults. However, many geoscientists are only recently becoming familiar with Myanmar due to previous political issues. Some of these barriers have been removed and there is emerging international interest in the geology and mineral deposits of Myanmar. This book collates this essential information in one complete resource. Geological Belts, Plate Boundaries and Mineral Deposits in Myanmar is an essential reference for economic geologists, mineralogists, petroleum geologists, and seismologists, as well as geoscience instructors and students taking related coursework.