BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE GEOLOGY OF INDONESIA AND SURROUNDING AREAS


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INTRODUCTION

The 2013 edition of the 'Bibliography of the geology of Indonesia and surrounding areas' is now available online here. The number of references has grown from about 7,000 titles in the 2009 first edition to over 16,200 titles, with significant additional annotation and corrections.

The complete bibliography is a 'pdf' file of 1657 pages and can be downloaded here (recommended if wanting to find authors or keywords in tittles). If interested only in certain areas, individual chapters with summaries of geology and recommended reading can be downloaded from the web pages dealing with these areas.

The selection of illustrations in this website is limited to those that are no longer under copyright restrictions. Newer, better versions of many of these figures may exist in the literature.

Download pdf - COMPLETE BIBLIOGRAPHY (13.5 MB)


Purpose

The purpose of this ongoing project has been to promote awareness of the vast amount of material published on Indonesia geology and to encourage its use. In our experience searches of existing 'worldwide' geoscience literature data bases like GeoRef, etc., yielded only a fraction of all available papers on Indonesia. Some Indonesia- focused academic and government data bases exist, but are also not comprehensive and generally have access restrictions.

Many of the papers listed here are hard to find or have been 'forgotten'. Lack of access to geoscience libraries, foreign language barriers, cost of purchasing and available time for reading causes much of this valuable geoscience heritage to be under-utilized. Many of the 'old' papers still contain information that cannot be found elsewhere, or research results that would be difficult to replicate today.

This is a reminder to the geoscience community that 'we are standing on strong shoulders' and reading is important. The publications in this listing contain the results of work by thousands of geologists, tens of thousands of men-years and many billions of $$ on survey work and studies ! And remember: the most recent paper on a topic is not always the most useful.

Check for periodic updates ! Last updated October 2013


Numbers of papers by chapter / area

Table I below shows the chapters and numbers of titles in the bibliography (status as of October 2013)

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE GEOLOGY OF INDONESIA AND SURROUNDING AREAS
GEOLOGY OF INDONESIA
(Total 7962)

Indonesia Regional (748)

Indonesia Regional

748

Sumatra - Sundaland (1633)

Sumatra

1330

Sunda Shelf - Tin Islands

200

Natuna

103

Java - Madura (1626)

Java - Madura

1626

Kalimantan (1140)

Kalimantan

1046

Makassar Straits

94

Sulawesi (727)

Sulawesi

659

Buton

68

Moluccas (1378)

N Moluccas (Halmahera, etc)

127

Banggai-Sula

66

Seram-Buru

156

Banda Sea - E Banda

146

E Sunda - W Banda Arc

164

Sumba - Savu

90

Timor - Timor Sea

629

West Papua (710)

West Papua

608

Misool

55

Arafura

47

GEOLOGY OF AREAS AROUND INDONESIA
(Total 5130)

SE Asia

SE Asia Regional

611

W, NW

Andaman Sea

121

Malay Peninsula

338

Malay Basin - Gulf of Thailand

143

Thailand

520

Other SE Asia Mainland

199

South China Sea

205

N

Philippines

434

S Philippines

( Sula Sea, Celebes Sea)

79

North Borneo

655

NE, E, S

SW Pacific

325

NE Australia (Tasmanides)

235

Papua New Guinea

822

Australia NW Shelf

443

SPECIAL TOPICS
(Total 3153)
 

Volcanism

308

Modern Environments

223

Carbonates, Reefs

212

Paleontology - Biostrat

General, Quaternary

306

Tertiary

740

Pre-Tertiary

328

Hominids - Pleist. mammals

405

Hydrocarbons, Coal

Hydrocarbon occurrences

95

Source rocks, oils and gas

128

Coal

135

Mining

 

50

Historic Interest , etc.

 

223

October 2013
 
Total Papers: 16,249

Publication trends through time

As illustrated by Figures 1, 2 and 3 the numbers of publications, languages, focus areas and research topics changed dramatically trough time, reflecting changes in political situations, economic drivers and scientific developments over the last 150+ years:

(1) 1850-1905: Geoscience publications from this era are mainly summaries of mineral, coal and oil exploration work or geological reconnaissance surveys. They are generally short, poorly illustrated papers in Dutch and in German, and mainly on western Indonesia. Exceptions to this rule were the impressive first regional descriptions and maps of Verbeek on Sumatra, SE Kalimantan and Java-Madura.

(2) 1905-1940: This was a period of significant expansion of mapping and other geological studies, with many new hydrocarbon and metals discoveries. A systematic mapping program of Sumatra and Java was started by the government geological survey. There was an increase in industry, government and academic reconnaissance surveys into Eastern Indonesia and New Guinea. Many large volumes on surface geology, paleontology, petrography, etc., were published of all parts of Indonesia. Principal languages were still Dutch and German, but English became increasingly common in the 1930's. Due to its detail and quality of documentation, much of the descriptive data from this era is still valuable today.

(3) 1940-1970: Survey and publishing activity had already started to slow down during the Great Depression of the 1930's, but came to almost complete standstill between1940-1950 (World War II, Revolutionary years), followed by very low levels of research and publishing until the late 1960's. The oldest geology paper in Indonesian in the bibliography is from 1962.

(4) 1970-2011: With the change to the 'New Order' came an expansion of investment, exploration and research, with spectacular growth in resource-related and academic publishing after 1975. This bibliography suggests the total number of geoscience publications on Indonesia peaked in the mid-1990's. Languages of publications are now primarily English, followed by Indonesian.

publications through time
Fig. 1- Number of publications on the geology of Indonesia through time, by areas, using a subset of 6,360 out of 11,300 titles that deal specifically with locations in Indonesia. The sharp dip on the right is an artifact of the shorter reporting period (2010-early 2011 instead of full five years)

 

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publications by language
Fig. 2- Number of Indonesia geology publications through time, by language. Prior to 1940 the dominant languages of publication were Dutch and German, while English has been the dominant language after 1945. Indonesian language papers have been the second most common language of publication since the 1970's. Actual percentage more than shown here, as many papers published in Indonesia could not be captured due to limited availability)

 

publications by nationality
Fig. 3- Number of Indonesia geology publications through time, by nationality. The number of papers with Indonesian nationals as principal or sole author gradually increased since 1955 until around 1990, when the number of papers authored by Indonesian nationals started to equal or exceed the combined foreign output.

 

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