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200 Years of British Hydrogeology

Product Code: SP225
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by J D Mather
Publication Date: 06 August 2004
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Special Publication 225

The collection of papers in this volume records the development of hydrogeology in Britain over the last 200 years. Following the application, by William Smith, of stratigraphic principles to the sinking of wells, Victorian engineers and scientists established groundwater as a major contributor to public water supplies. In the twentieth century, the development of groundwater continued rapidly, controlled by an ever-changing regulatory regime. The 25 papers in this volume review the progress which has been made, and the lives and work of some of those who were intimately involved.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-155-6
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-155-0
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 400
Weight: 1.10 kg


200 years of British hydrogeology - an introduction and overview, J D Mather • The water-related work of William Smith (1769-1839), H S Torrens • Dr John Snow and an early investigation of groundwater contamination, M Price • William Whitaker (1836-1925) - geologist, bibliographer and a pioneer of British hydrogeology, W H George • Joseph Lucas (1846-1926) - Victorian polymath and a key figure in the development of British hydrogeology, J D Mather, H S Torrens and K J Lucas • 19th century studies of the hydrogeology of the Permo-Triassic Sandstones of the northern Cheshire Basin, England, J H Tellam • Robert Stephenson (1803-59) - The First Groundwater engineer, M Preene • 'Making water': the hydrogeological adventures of Britain's early mining engineers, P L Younger • The contribution of geologists to the development of emergency groundwater supplies by the British army, E P F Rose • Groundwater versus surface water in Scotland and Ireland - the formative years, N S Robins, J R P Bennett and K T Cullen • Bath thermal waters: 400 years in the history of geochemistry and hydrogeology, W M Edmunds • Chalybeate springs at Tunbridge Wells: site of a 17th century new town, J G C M Fuller • The Scottish hydropathic establishments and their use of groundwater, I Spence and N S Robins • British hydrogeologists in North Africa and the Middle East: an historical perspective, J W Lloyd • British hydrogeologists in West Africa - an historical evaluation of their role and contribution, R Hazell • British attempts to develop groundwater and water supply on Gibraltar 1800-1985, E P F Rose, J D Mather and M Perez • The first use of geophysics in borehole siting in hardrock areas of Africa, R D Barker • The development of groundwater in the UK between 1935 and 1965 - The role of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, R A Downing • Jack Ineson (1917-1970) The instigator of quantitative hydrogeology in Britain, R A Downing and D A Gray • Stevenson Buchan (1907-1996): field geologist, hydrogeologist and administrator, D A Gray and J D Mather • Groundwater studies in the institute of Geological Sciences Between 1965 and 1977, D A Gray • Norman Savage Boulton (1899-1984): civil engineer and groundwater hydrologist, R A Downing, W Eastwood and K R Rushton • Groundwater in a national water strategy, 1964-79, R A Downing • Recollections of a golden age: The groundwater schemes of Southern Water 1970-90, H G Headworth • Developments in UK hydrogeology since 1974, F C Brassington •


D B Stephens

The subject book (Mather 2004) is a very well written compendium of papers by various authors on key people and topics, which describe the evolution of the practice of hydrogeology in Great Britain.
In summary, the book gives an excellent historical perspective on groundwater development in Great Britain and some of its current and former colonies. ......this book was worth reading and will enhance the reading and will enhance the reader’s appreciation of British hydrogeology.

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