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Exploring Geology on the Isle of Arran


By: CJ Nicholas

230 pages, 63 b/w photos, 52 line illus, 12 maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Apr 2000 | #76968 | ISBN: 0521635551
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The Isle of Arran is a classic location to introduce beginners to field geology because of the richness and variety of over 600 million years of history packed into its tiny area. This unique book leads the user through a series of ten problem-solving exercises, which include step-by-step instructions on what observations to make in order to find a solution.

' ! a very welcome new approach to teaching and learning about field geology on this much-visited island ! it is pleasing to see emphasis placed on both safe-working and respect for the land and its inhabitants.' Geoscientist 'Chis Nicholas has written a fascinating little book, full of good, interesting exercises that most field parties going to the Isle of Arran could use. Each exercise includes photocopiable pages of field notes, maps and cross-sections. Practical field skills are rarely found in textbooks and the quick reference section explaining some of these would be useful to someone new to fieldwork. ! they can be adapted to fit into any field trip to Arran and it has certainly given me new ideas about changing my own exercises and using some new locations.' Brian Clissold, Teaching Earth Sciences 'On the face of it, this book looks as if it should be a fascinating study of the geology of the isle of Arran. It certainly is that ! if you were planning to explore the geology of Arran or leading a field trip, I think this book would be invaluable and probably necessary.' Wendy Owens, OUGS Journal 'I applaud the exercise-based approach of Nicholas's book, and I recommend Arran as an excellent location for providing practical training in geological field skills ! The book is attractively produced in a handy, pocket size format.' Geological Journal


Preface; Part I. An Introduction to the Field Work: Part II. Learning Basic Field Skills: 1. Present day processes (Sannox Burn and Sannox Bay, north-east coast); 2. Clastic sedimentary rocks (Corrie, east coast); 3. Intrusive igneous rocks (Tormore shore, west coast); 4. Changing the record: metamorphism and deformation (Rubha Airigh Bheirg, north-west coast); 5. 3-D thinking in time and space (Glen Sannox, north-east coast); 6. Cuvier's catastophies (Corrie, east coast); 7. Prof. Speyside's theory (Glen Rosa, east Arran); 8. The curious case of 'Catacol Cairn' (Catacol Bay, north-west coast); 9. Dr. Hutton's dilemma (North Glen Sannox, north-east Arran); 10. Pluto's revenge (Drumadoon, west coast); Part III. Practical Field Skills: Quick Reference Section; Glossary; Index.

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