The Hidden Landscape (NEW)

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Summary The Hidden Landscape characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey Richard Fortey ↠ 0 characters 'A very well written book about geology and geological history' Sir David Attenborough The Times 'I travelled to Haverfordwest to get to the past From Paddington Station a Great Western locomotive took me on a journey westwards from London further and further back into geological time from the age of mammals to the age of trilobites'So begins this enthralling exploration of time and place in which R Turns geology into poetry Fortey believes that the spirit of place is largely determined by the rocks beneath and provides convincing arguments as he tours Great Britain from the ancient mountains of Scotland to Suffolk s crumbling shore Prose so evocative it makes one want to leap on the next charabanc to Lulworth Cove

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Summary The Hidden Landscape characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey Richard Fortey ↠ 0 characters Ichard Fortey peels away the top layer of the land to reveal the hidden landscape the rocks which contain the story of distant events which dictate not only the personality of the landscape but the nature of the soil the plants that grow in it and the regional characteristics of the buildings We travel with him as our guide throughout the British Isles and as the rocks change so we learn to read the The Hidden Landscape A Journey into the Geological Past by Richard ForteyFor me this is a delicious book which I read with enjoymentThis book focusing on England Scotland and Wales with a bit of Ireland is a little like a Historical Geology text but it is different First it is a personal text written almost like a memoir Second although it is organized stratigraphically that is beginning with the oldest rocks and finishing with the youngest the information is tied to landscape rather than to modern stratigraphic nomenclature And landscape here means not just rocks but plants architectural building materials roads water walks and and Attempting to think of an American euivalent to this book and the nearest I can come is something like a mixture of C B Hunt s Physiography of the United States and something written by Ann Zwinger It is possible that for students this might be better interesting than a typical Historical Geology textFortey states that Instead what I want to explore are the connections between geology and landscape page 1 It seems to me that Fortey chose what to include in the text by choosing his favorite connections and then stringing the most interesting connections together into historical seuence This is a book about connections between geology natural history and ourselves page 14 He has something here which may help us learn and enjoy the vast factual detail that goes with landscape and geology Somehow the enjoyment of the trick is satisfying than the the explanation page 1 His connections that have irony or represent a paradox seem to give him and the reader special delight Part of his theme is Much of the character of our country is governed by its geology and determined by the rocks page 13 For me his connections make everything memorableFortey is seeking something general and holistic than just landscape in the usual sense But all these evidences of past activities sit on the bedrock of geology Human endeavours do not succeed if they deny the geological realities This hidden landscape is a part of all our lives page 27 For him landscape really includes hidden landscape or includes all of the underlying reasons or connections which give understanding to why the totality of landscape is the way it is For the way we understand landscape has to do as much with what is in our minds as with what we think we see with our eyesThere are seventeen chapters Each chapter is like an essay than a text chapter Below is the table of Contents with my prosaic geologic translation of the chapters in parentheses where needed1Journeys to the Past Introduction 2Names Origins Maps and Time 3The Oldest Rocks Precambrian 4The Great Divide Lower Phanerozoic and Moine Thrust 5 Here be dragons Caledonia Northwest Iapetus Coast 6The Southern Uplands Southeast Iapetus Coast 7The Land of the Ordovices Ordovician 8The Red and the Black Devonian 9Fells and Dales Lower Carboniferous Mississippian 10Coal and Grit Upper Carboniferous Pennsylvanian 11Lost in the Sands Permian and Triassic 12Vales and Scarps the Jurassic 13The Weald lower Cretaceous 14The Chalklands Downs and Flints upper Cretaceous 1 15The Chalklands Beechwoods and Trout Streams upper Cretaceous 2 16Tertiary Times Tertiary and Volcanism 17East Anglia Sky and IceAs an American you have to put up with downs and dales fells and vales but that is not a bad thing Still the constant assault of geographic names can wear one downFortey loves words and names and in Chapter 2 makes a forceful and elouent argument for appropriate taxonomy and words I understand that the numerous new words adds to the poetry of this book and I appreciate them as a source of new stumpers for my friends but there were times for someone like myself who does not know cnocs from cromlech when looking things up became a bit tiresome My plea mostly would be directed toward a second edition with the addition of two or perhaps three helpful index maps designed to help the readerThe book serves as a travel guide It was in Dulverton that I ate the perfect cream tea There is no greater sensual indulgence cream so thick it is reluctant to leave the spoon strawberry jam heavy with fruit and crumbly scones with a hint of astringency to balance the sugar in the jam and all piled up as high as they will go Although it is possible that the cream originated on the New Red Sandstone in Mid Devon I prefer to believe that it was produced by cows grazing water meadow flanking the lower reaches of the nearby River Barl or the River Exe page 125 You also get advise on the best Ale best Stilton and how to find AmberThere is humor Between the Lower Greensand which may not be green and as we have seen is often rusty with iron and the Chalk which is definitively white there is the dark Gault Clay and the Upper Greensand which surprisingly actually is green page 209And there is wise advice Nothing in geology is certain than change even the cliffs on which you stand are doomedIn conclusion this is great book My hope is that book will engender like it

characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey

Summary The Hidden Landscape characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey Richard Fortey ↠ 0 characters Clues they contain that Britain was once divided into two parts separated by an ocean that Scottish malt whisky Harris tweed slate roofs and thatched cottages can be traced back to tumultuous events which took place many millions of years ago The Hidden Landscape has become a classic in popular geology since its first publication in 1993 This new edition is fully updated and beautifully illustrated Very interesting as well as readable Already have a list of people to lend it to as with all the best books


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    The Hidden Landscape (NEW) It must be uite sad to be a creationist Stand on the beach near Bude and try to imagine that all these strata these folds this drama came into being a meagre few thousand years ago rather than 300 million years ago How narrow is such a vision how bleak what a betrayal of human intelligence of human curiosity You have to tr

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    characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey The Hidden Landscape (NEW) Richard Fortey ↠ 0 characters Geology is not my thing generally in fact aside from one other book which was by Richard Fortey as well I've generally found it uite boring The attraction here is Fortey's writing which is clear and passionate Beau

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    The Hidden Landscape (NEW) Richard Fortey ↠ 0 characters Turns geology into poetry Fortey believes that the spirit of place is largely determined by the rocks beneath and provides

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    The Hidden Landscape (NEW) Summary The Hidden Landscape The Hidden Landscape A Journey into the Geological Past by Richard ForteyFor me this is a delicious book which I read wit

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    characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey Richard Fortey ↠ 0 characters The Hidden Landscape (NEW) A Journey into the Geological Past by the palaentologist Richard Fortey The landscape in uestion is that of the British Isles one whose superficial ualities both natural and man made have been determined by the underlying rocks As the British Isles are formed of many various rocks of different ages and origins they offer a fascinating illustration of the history of Earth I have never come across a science writer who mak

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    characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey The Hidden Landscape (NEW) While highly informative and beautifully written like all of Dr Fortey's books I didn't enjoy this one uite as much because it is meant for people who already have a much greater familiarity with British geography than I have or for those who are about to take a walking tour of the British Isles and so would find the descriptions of the underlying geology of it all useful I have an interest in geology and di

  7. says: characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey Richard Fortey ↠ 0 characters Summary The Hidden Landscape

    The Hidden Landscape (NEW) What a wonderful book that combines geology rocks fault lines natural history tectonics tramping and Scotland all

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    The Hidden Landscape (NEW) characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey Richard Fortey ↠ 0 characters I read this book for our popular science book club because I wanted us to go for a book on geology Unfortunately I came away from reading it feeling I had learned very little Partly this is due to the authors tendency to write about British geography as if the minute details are common knowledge and not providing a map with the important sites marked The book also tends to harping nostalgically about what vi

  9. says: The Hidden Landscape (NEW) characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey Richard Fortey ↠ 0 characters

    The Hidden Landscape (NEW) characters ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Fortey Very interesting as well as readable Already have a list of people to lend it to as with all the best books

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    The Hidden Landscape (NEW) Travels through the British Isles with Richard Fortey exploring time and place by revealing 'the hidden landscape' through geology

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  • Paperback
  • 320
  • The Hidden Landscape
  • Richard Fortey
  • English
  • 22 May 2018
  • 9781847920713