The Geology of Southern Vancouver Island. Rev. ed.


205 pages
Contains Photos, Maps, Bibliography, Index
ISBN 1-55017-362-6
DDC 557.11'2





Reviewed by Ann Turner

Ann Turner is the financial and budget manager of the University of
British Columbia Library.


Amateur geologists will welcome this revised and expanded edition of Dr.
Yorath’s 1995 field guide. In addition to rewriting much of the text
of the previous edition and retaking many of the photographs, he has
expanded the territory covered by the guide northward up the east side
of Vancouver Island to include the area from the Malahat to the Nanoose
Peninsula near Qualicum, and westward to the Alberni Valley and Pacific
Rim National Park on the west coast.

Part 1 discusses the geological structure and origins of the island,
including its vulnerability to earthquakes. Part 2 contains 17
geological “guided tours,” field trips to interesting rock
formations at sites in and around the Greater Victoria area. Part 3
continues the tours up the island with nine new sites. Geological terms
are defined when they appear for the first time in the text, and are
included in an extensive glossary at the end for consultation as needed.
Selections for further reading and a thorough index of place names and
topics round out this excellent self-teaching guide.


Yorath, Chris., “The Geology of Southern Vancouver Island. Rev. ed.,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 21, 2024,