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British Isles: A Natural History

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British Isles: A Natural History takes the reader on a journey through time, from the explosive birth of the islands to the rich and varied landscape of today. It chronicles the evolution of this unique land, exploring everything from geology and geography to flora and fauna. The story begins 3 billion years ago, when primeval forces created the foundations of the islands, and ends in the modern era, with the landscape utterly transformed by human activity. Along the way, we encounter gigantic ice sheets, ...
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Overview


British Isles: A Natural History takes the reader on a journey through time, from the explosive birth of the islands to the rich and varied landscape of today. It chronicles the evolution of this unique land, exploring everything from geology and geography to flora and fauna. The story begins 3 billion years ago, when primeval forces created the foundations of the islands, and ends in the modern era, with the landscape utterly transformed by human activity. Along the way, we encounter gigantic ice sheets, ancient forests, early human settlers, and an astonishing variety of plants and animals. At the start of the 21st century, as we look to the future, the author investigates the many fresh challenges and responsibilities Britons face if they are to live in harmony with nature.
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A beautifully illustrated historical survey of Britain’s natural treasures.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780563521624
  • Publisher: B B C Worldwide Americas
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Chapter 1 Solid Foundations 10
Chapter 2 The Big Freeze 38
Chapter 3 After the Ice 62
Chapter 4 Taming the Wild 90
Chapter 5 Forging Ahead 118
Chapter 6 The Modern Era 142
Chapter 7 The Future 166
Places to Visit 188
Bibliography 210
Acknowledgements 212
Index 214
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