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GeoBritannica: Geological landscapes and the British peoples

Mike Leeder, Joy Lawlor

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24 Nov 2016
Dunedin Academic Press
296 pages - 200 x 260 x 20mm
GeoBritannica concerns the geological legacy of Britain, an inheritance bequeathed by its bedrock to the peoples who have lived on the island for the eleven millennia since the final spasms of the last Ice Ages. The authors explain the geological diversity of the landscape and the raw materials that it provides. They show how these materials have been utilised by society and by individuals in creative acts of the imagination. The reader will discover how regional environments and resources have enabled and inspired endeavours as diverse as planning, mining, quarrying, architecture, literature and the visual arts. The authors provide a modern interpretation of the geological history of Britain and place this in its historic, social and artistic contexts. Why is geology so fascinating to us? How do geologists do their science? Why are the differing landscapes what, where and how they are? What is the nature of the geological foundations of the British landscapes? How have geological discoveries developed our understanding of the landscape of Britain over the past two hundred years? What is the geological context of the raw materials used in past and present industries and for historic and vernacular buildings? How have geological landscapes and materials influenced past and present architects, visual artists and writers? This is a book for those wanting to develop a better understanding of Britain and to develop their love and understanding of the island which we inhabit.
Acknowledgements. Preface. Forewords. Author Statements. Part 1 ‘the Little Space of this our Island’: 1. Introduction; 2. Affection for Things Geological; 3. Early Discoveries; 4. Works of the Imagination. Part 2 Assembling the Geological Jigsaw: 5. Mapping; 6. ‘Deep Time’ and the ‘Mobile Earth’; Part 3 Remembrance of Things Past: 7. Past Geography and Geological History. Part 4 Material GeoBritannica: 8. Settlement and Communication; 9. Natural Resources – General; 10. Building Stone and Aggregates. Part5 Mineral GeoBritannica: 11. Metals and Mineral Salts; 12. Coal, Peat and Oil. Part 6: ‘To show to the world what exists in nature’: 13. Architecture and Monuments; 14. Sculpture; 15. Painting; 16. Literature. Part 7 GeoRegions: 17. Introduction; 18. Assynt Foreland and Outer Hebrides; 19. North West Highlands and Northern Islands; 20. Grampian Highlands and Argyll; 21. Midland Valley; 22. Formerly Volcanic Islands of the Inner Hebrides; 23. Southern Uplands and Galloway; 24. Scottish-English Borderlands; 25. Lakeland, its Surrounds and the Isle of Man; 26. North Pennines; 27. South Pennines; 28. English Midlands; 29. Welsh–English Borderlands; 30. Northern Wales; 31. Southern Wales; 32. South West England; 33. Southern England; 34. Eastern and Central Scarplands. Glossary. Bibliography and Further Reading. Index
Mike Leeder attended Diss Grammar and the City of Norwich schools, graduating from Durham in geology and subsequently earning a PhD at Reading. He was on the faculty at the Universities of Leeds and East Anglia and is now Emeritus Professor. He is a medallist of the Geological Society of London and the Yorkshire Geological Society. He currently lives and writes alternately in West Cork and South Norfolk. Joy Lawlor attended Hinckley Grammar School, trained as an art teacher at Bath, taught at secondary schools in central Liverpool and graduated in English Literature at its University. She subsequently moved to West Cork, raised three children and became an award-winning art teacher. Since retiring she has gained an MA in art therapy and continues to paint, garden and write enthusiastically.
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