Dorothy Farris Lapidus is a lecturer and writer from New York. The Consultant Editor, Dr Isobel Winstanley, tutors in Earth Sciences at the Open University.
This second edition has been revised by Dr James MacDonald and Dr Christopher Burton. Dr MacDonald is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, a member of the Council of the Mineralogical Society, and a past president of the Geological Society of Glasgow. Dr Burton is Head of the Division of Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.