Land of Mountain and Flood : The Geology and Landforms of Scotland Paperback
by Roger Crofts
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages, illustrations throughout
- Publisher: Birlinn General
- Publication Date: 01/03/2009
- Category: Geology & the lithosphere
- ISBN: 9781841586267
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Review by antisyzygy
As someone whose university textbooks included G Y Craig's classic Geology of Scotland, this provides a refreshing update for a modern audience. Well written, and with some of the best geological photograph I've seen, I can heartily recommend this for anyone wishing to learn about Scottish geology. More than that, given the unique variety of geology in such a small area, it provides a good general overview of most of the major geological structures and events seen on Earth. Scottish contributions to the history of the science are also covered in the context of the landscape. A topical addition is a chapter of climate change and it's impact on future geological landscapes. As well as the excellent photography, a noteworthy feature of this text is the final chapter on classic geological sites to visit.