Desert Varnish by Karen Cochlovius

Desert Varnish

Karen Cochlovius
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A young African geologist who must contend with the physical demands of a year-long tunnel digging project and the prejudices and hostilities that come with being a woman in a field dominated by men is the focus of this fascinating novel. Sent to work on a new Lesotho Highlands Water Scheme in Southern Africa, Robyn knows from the moment she arrives that it was a mistake to accept a position there. Though she is an experienced field geologist, she struggles to adapt to the physical and emotional challenges posed by the project. After a year surviving derailments, cave-ins, and flooding, Robyn leaves the tunnel project to work on various assignments that take her to vastly different locations in South Africa and Namibia. Her passion for her job and an unexpected fondness for the locals she meets guide her through her most difficult assignments. Providing insight into the daily life and work of geologist, this novel also paints a vivid picture of the Southern African landscape.

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Karen Cochlovius is a freelance geologist who works all overKaren Cochlovius is a freelance geologist who works all overKaren Cochlovius is a freelance geologist who works all overKaren Cochlovius is a freelance geologist who works all overKaren Cochlovius is a freelance geologist who works all overKaren Cochlovius is a freelance geologist who works all overKaren Cochlovius is a freelance geologist who works all overKaren Cochlovius is a freelance geologist who works all over southern Africa. southern Africa.

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