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Originally published in 2007, this book has been reissued in unmodified form.
Scotland is justly famed for its wonderful scenery of mountains, lochs, islands, wild rocky places and sandy beaches. All this is evidence of an exciting geographical history which began 3,500 million years ago and is still continuing. The sheer diversity of Scotland's 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.
In Land of Mountain and Flood three eminent Earth scientists explain Scotland's place in the geological history of the planet, unravelling and explaining the present-day landscape and how it came to be the way it is. Containing an array of detailed information presented in clear, comprehensible language and enhanced throughout with specially commissioned illustrations, diagrams and photographs, this is an essential book for anyone interested in the world around them.
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
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.
"Beautifully produced and richly illustrated"
– The Herald
"Big and beautifully illustrated, this book is rigorous yet lucid, and written with patriotic pride – a work of more than scientific importance, *****"
– The Scotsman
"It is hard to praise this book enough for its satisfying melding of the geological history and structure of Scotland with human prehistory, the history of geological science, and pressing societal concerns"
"A must for anyone who has spent time in Scotland's great outdoors wondering at the landscape [...] before you can even begin on the text you will be captivated by the stunning photographs"
– Scottish Wildlife Magazine