I am an earth scientist with a passion for writing about Earth. I have enjoyed teaching university students over the past 30 years on our understanding of Earth, providing them with a deeper, more inclusive, interconnected sense of our planet.  My writings attempt to convey the same to the general public. To this end, I have established Earthspun Books, which strives to publish beautiful books that enlighten, stimulate and inform readers about Earth. Simply click on the cover images to explore more. I believe that a greater appreciation for Eart not only enhances our experience of being a part of it, but makes us better stewards of our one and only home.

 

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My book The  Rocks & Mountains of Cape Town is a field guide to understanding the landscape, geological history and human interactions with Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain.

I have also published my father's classic manual for geological mapping - Geology in the Field which is now available as a PDF or Amazon Kindle eBook, as well as a paperback book.

My most recent book is Human Origins: How diet, climate and landscape shaped us, which provides a narrative of  where, when and how our species may have evolved. Human Origins covers our deep (or ‘big’) history from the big bang to the present with projections into the future, It includes new perspectives based on the latest evidence from southern Africa.

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John S. Compton
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photo of front cover of the book Human Origins by John Compton
photograph of the front cover to book "The Rocks and mountains of Cape Town" by John Compton