Scotland is justly famed for its magnificent scenery - mountains, lochs, islands, wild rocky places and sandy beaches. All this is evidence of an exciting geological history which began 3,500 billion years ago and is still continuing. The sheer diversity of Scotland's rocks and landforms are the physical reminders of a fascinating journey through time. They reveal that the land that makes up Scotland today has travelled the world and has not always even belonged to one single continental landmass. At different times, too, continents formed and split apart, ancient volcanoes erupted vast quantities of lava and Ice Age glaciers shaped the landscape. Containing a huge amount of detailed information presented in clear, comprehensible language and enhanced throughtout with specially commissioned illustrations, diagrams and photographs, this is an essential book for anyone interested in the world around them.
Alan McKirdy has worked in conservation for almost thirty years. He has edited or written many popular books on geology and has contributed to a number of TV and radio programmes. John Gordon has studied and written extensively about the landforms and glacial history of Scotland. He is Earth Science Group manager with Scottish Natural Heritage. Roger Crofts is an environmental and management adviser, lecturer and writer. He was Chief Executive of Scottish Natural Heritage from 1992 to 2000.
1. Geology enriches all our lives 2. How the Earth works 3. Scotland's journey across the globe 4. Shaping the landscape 5. Future landscapes: Scotland in a global context 6. Places to visit
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