BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE GEOLOGY OF INDONESIA AND SURROUNDING AREAS


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INTRODUCTION

The 2016 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 19,400 titles, with significant additional annotation and corrections.

The complete bibliography is a 'pdf' file of 2202 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.

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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 September 2016


Numbers of papers by chapter / area

Table I below shows the chapters and numbers of titles in the bibliography (status as of September 2016)

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE GEOLOGY OF INDONESIA AND SURROUNDING AREAS
GEOLOGY OF INDONESIA
(Total 9066)

Indonesia Regional (808)

Indonesia Regional

808

Sumatra - Sundaland (1933)

Sumatra

1571

Sunda Shelf - Tin Islands

243

Natuna

119

Java - Madura (1909)

Java - Madura

1909

Kalimantan (1333)

Kalimantan

1223

Makassar Straits

110

Sulawesi (848)

Sulawesi

777

Buton

71

Moluccas (1432)

N Moluccas (Halmahera, etc)

135

Banggai-Sula

72

Seram-Buru

174

Banda Sea - E Banda

156

E Sunda - W Banda Arc

190

Sumba - Savu

90

Timor - Timor Sea

615

West Papua (803)

West Papua

698

Misool

57

Arafura

48

GEOLOGY OF AREAS AROUND INDONESIA
(Total 6682)

SE Asia

SE Asia Regional

639

W, NW

Andaman Sea

163

Malay Peninsula

338

Malay Basin - Gulf of Thailand

176

Thailand

822

Other SE Asia Mainland

391

South China Sea

255

N

Philippines

565

S Philippines

( Sula Sea, Celebes Sea)

84

North Borneo

799

NE, E, S

SW Pacific

466

NE Australia (Tasmanides)

254

Papua New Guinea

971

Australia NW Shelf

566

SPECIAL TOPICS
(Total 3602)
 

Volcanism

411

Modern Environments

260

Carbonates, Reefs

222

Paleontology - Biostrat

General, Quaternary

421

Tertiary

604

Pre-Tertiary

388

Hominids - Pleist. mammals

548

Hydrocarbons, Coal

Hydrocarbon occurrences

105

Source rocks, oils and gas

136

Coal

175

Mining

 

62

Historic Interest , etc.

 

270

September 2016
 
Total Papers: 19,350

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) 1970-2016: 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 about 9500 Indonesian specific papers out of 19,400 total titles.

 

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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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