Ironically… when I last wrote, it was to briefly rhapsodise on my fondness for the Roadside Geology books. It was a paean, perhaps even a tiny bit of a love letter.
One of the things that has been missing from that series, however, has been a volume for the state in which I reside, Missouri. I have known for a couple of years now that a volume was in the works, but, like trying to see the Ring Nebula in the eyepiece of a six-inch reflector, I assumed that by now, if you looked too hard for it and tried to stare directly at it, the book would remain stubbornly invisible.
No more. It’s officially listed on Mountain Press’ website. Don’t just take my word for it: look.
The author, Charles Spencer, is a local consulting geologist and regular fixture at the Kansas City Gem & Mineral Show, among other places. I’ve spoken with him a couple of times about the book, and he was always wryly humorous about the prospect of it ever seeing the light of day. However, now it’s out, and, assuming that it is actually shipping, Roadside Geology of Missouri will be just in time to be a big hit at the Kansas City Gem & Mineral Show, which is just two weeks away.
My copy is already on order, so I haven’t read it yet, but expect a thorough review as soon as I can get my hands on it.