For several decades Peter Friend has been one of the leading figures in sedimentary geology and throughout that time he has helped scores of other people by supervising doctoral students, collaborating with colleagues, especially in developing countries, and selflessly sharing ideas with fellow geologists. This collection of papers is a survey of the research frontier in basin dynamics, a field Peter Friend helped initiate, and a token of thanks from people who have benefited from an association with Peter during their careers. The papers in this book fall into four themes - Tectonics and sedimentation, Landscape evolution and provenance, Depositional systems and Fluvial sedimentation - which reflect Peter's research interests and are all important areas of current research in sedimentary geology. There are both case studies and review articles on these themes which reflect recent work, but the collection can also be considered to be a 'sampler' of sedimentary geology for anyone with broad interests in the Earth sciences.
Amazements as Told by Me, my first published book of poetry, was just as amazing for me to write as it is for me to see it in printed form. I used some humorous situations, in an appeal for readers to really take a break sometime during the hectic pace of life. The poems within the book are all crafted to be enjoyed reading for all. The poems contain originality, simplicity and can be enjoyed by anyone with reading comprehension. From “Merry Go Round” to “The Statesman,” you can tell another of my wanted appeals…something enjoyable and refined, yet simple enough to understand its enlightenment. Some of these poems I even consider song material.
In preparing this book, I used a lot of life learning and personal experiences. Hopefully, the readability of this book will inspire people to launch a writing career themselves. The mission of this book is to make aware that dreams can come true and if you continue to try something, you, yourself, can support and facilitate your cause.
In 1989, I became serious as a writer. Some significant accomplishments in my life are graduating high school, serving in the United States Air Force, attending college and, hey, getting my first book published! As a published author, I like my work even more when others also like my creation.
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