Geology of Snowdonia

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This strikingly photographed narrative tells the story of Snowdonia, touching on ancient oceans, volcanoes, and climate change. Its mountainous spectacle is the result of everything that has happenend to it over geological time - the product of the ancient landscapes that went before it. Fragments of these former environments are preserved by rocks and landforms within the present setting, and here the clues they provide of a forgotten past are revealed, encouraging the reader to infer the ...

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Overview

This strikingly photographed narrative tells the story of Snowdonia, touching on ancient oceans, volcanoes, and climate change. Its mountainous spectacle is the result of everything that has happenend to it over geological time - the product of the ancient landscapes that went before it. Fragments of these former environments are preserved by rocks and landforms within the present setting, and here the clues they provide of a forgotten past are revealed, encouraging the reader to infer the history behind Snowdonia's wild beauty.  

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861269287
  • Publisher: Crowood Press (UK)
  • Publication date: 9/24/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Bennett is a research professor at Bournemouth University and has over twenty years' experience working as a geologist. His passion for landscape, and the rocks and landforms from which they are composed, comes from a childhood spent in Snowdonia. The book is illustrated by photographs taken by Matthew's father, Andrew. A former geography teacher turned politician, Andrew Bennett has spent much of his free time during the last 40 years in Snowdonia, and his spectacular photographs enrich this book.

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Table of Contents

Preface     7
Snowdonia     9
Life on the Continental Edge     33
Islands of Fire     51
A Continental Dance, or Building a Mountain Chain     83
Tropical Oceans, Swamps, Deserts and Silence     99
Carving a Landscape     115
A Landscape of Building Stone     151
Snowdonia     179
Further Reading     181
Glossary     182
Index     187

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