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Land of Mountain and Flood: The Geology and Landforms of Scotland

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By: Alan McKirdy, John Gordon and Roger Crofts

324 pages, Col illus

Birlinn Publishing

Hardback | Apr 2007 | #158728 | ISBN-13: 9781841583570
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The sheer diversity of Scotland's rocks and landforms are the physical reminders of a fascinating physical and chronological journey which shows that the land that makes up Scotland today has travelled the world from the Equator to the South Pole and back north again, and has not always even belonged to the same continental landmass. This book, published by Birlinn in association with Scottish Natural Heritage will help the reader to understand Scotland's place in the geological history of the planet. Three eminent geologists introduce and trace the country's development, unravelling and explaining what is seen now in the landscape and why it came to be the way it is. They show readers exactly where they can find evidence of these natural changes in the country's landscape on the ground in different parts of Scotland. The Geology of Scotland is an essential book for anyone who is interested in the natural world around them and who wishes to develop a good knowledge about the original formation of their country. It is accessible and beautifully presented, contains a huge amount of detailed information told in clear, comprehensible language and is enhanced throughout with specially commissioned illustrations, diagrams and photographs.

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Roger Crofts is an environmental and management adviser, lecturer and writer. He was Chief Executive of Scottish Natural Heritage from 1992 to 2000. 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. He has also lectured tirelessly to local groups and societies up and down the country, promoting geology to a wide audience. John Gordon has studied and written extensively about the landforms and glacial history of Scotland. In his role as Earth Science Group manager with Scottish Natural Heritage, he is responsible for a programme of work to protect, manage and raise awareness of Scotland's earth heritage. He is an honorary professor in the School of Geography and Geosciences at St Andrews University.

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