Compton's latest book explores the many natural wonders of the West Coast of southern Africa

My latest book, West Coast, A Natural History, is a series of vignettes on various aspects of the West Coast that I have come to know through numerous research projects over the last 25 years.

Welcome

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 book cover images to explore more. I believe that a greater appreciation for Earth not only enhances our experience of being a part of it, but makes us better stewards of our one and only home.

 

La Compagnie des Taxi-Brousse

Human origins by John Compton provides new perspective of our species evolution on the coast of South Africa

Human Origins, How diet, climate and landscape shaped us 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.

Compton's guide to the rocks and landscape surrounding the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Paarl Rock and more

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.

Robert Compton's classic guide to how to do field geology, essential reading for all aspiring geologists!

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

 

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John S. Compton
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Digital elevation model (DEM) of South Africa and shelf bathymetry from de Wet and Compton (2021)
Compton's latest book explores the many natural wonders of the West Coast of southern Africa
Human origins by John Compton provides new perspective of our species evolution on the coast of South Africa
Compton's guide to the rocks and landscape surrounding the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Paarl Rock and more
Robert Compton's classic guide to how to do field geology, essential reading for all aspiring geologists!
John S. Compton
Earthspun Books logo
Digital elevation model (DEM) of South Africa and shelf bathymetry from de Wet and Compton (2021)
Compton's latest book explores the many natural wonders of the West Coast of southern Africa
Compton's guide to the rocks and landscape surrounding the city of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Paarl Rock and more
Human origins by John Compton provides new perspective of our species evolution on the coast of South Africa
Robert Compton's classic guide to how to do field geology, essential reading for all aspiring geologists!