A detailed study of geological research in the Lake District from the end of the eighteenth century to the end of 2000.
Earth, Water, Ice and Fire shows, by historical exposition, how the modern understanding of thestratigraphy and the geological history and structure of a specific region has been achieved. It recounts the work of individual scientists and institutions (especially the British Geological Survey); differences and developments of interpretation; the emergence of new techniques; the development of mapping and the events lying behind the publication of Lakeland maps; the roles of research students, university staff, surveyors, amateurs, government and industry. A special feature is the discussion of the relationships between the study of Lakeland geology and the problem of nuclear waste disposal.
Earth, Water, Ice and Fire should be of interest to geologists and other scientists, to historians of science, and anyone interested in Lakeland science, history and topography.
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