556.883. Scholz, Christopher. Fieldwork: A Geologist’s Memoir of the Kalahari. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997. 190 pp. ISBN 0-691-01226-1.
- 500: Science
- 550: Earth sciences (geology)
- 556: Earth sciences of Africa
- 556.8: Earth sciences of Southern Africa and the Republic of South Africa
- 556.88: Earth sciences of Namibia, Botswana. Lesotho, and Swaziland
- 556.883: Earth science of Botswana and the Kalahari Desert
In 1974, Dr. Christopher Scholz, a newly-minted professor of geology at Columbia University, received a rather interesting and unexpected phone call. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization called to ask him if he would want to serve as an earthquake consultant in Botswana. The U.N. was trying to run an agricultural project in the Okavango Delta and wanted to know what, if any, threat was posed by earthquakes changing the way that the delta flows and drains. A simple enough project, everyone thought. As Scholz writes in Fieldwork, “Africa is a continent like no other.” And his work there would be like no other as well.