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The Northern Highlands

Landscapes in Stone

by Alan McKirdy

£6.99

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ISBN: 9781780276083
Published: 11 Jul 2019
Format: Paperback
Extent: 48
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
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About the Book

Longlisted for the Highland Book Prize 2019

The rocks of northern Scotland tell of turbulent events involving continental collisions that unleashed cataclysmic forces, creating a chain of mountains, the remnants of which we see today on both sides of the Atlantic.  Geologists from Victorian times onwards have studied the area, and some of the most important geological phenomena have been established and described from the rocks that built these stunning landscapes.

In this book, Alan McKirdy makes sense of the many and varied episodes that shaped the familiar landscape we see today. He highlights a number of fascinating geological features, including the Old Red Sandstones of Cromarty and the Black Isle, which carry the secrets of life during ‘the Age of Fishes’, and the thin sliver of fossil-bearing strata which hugs the coast from Golspie to beyond Helmsdale that dates back to Jurassic times and which records the time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.


The Author

Alan McKirdy

Alan McKirdy has written many popular books and book chapters on geology and related topics and has helped to promote the study of environmental geology in schools. Before his recent retirement he was Head of Information Management at Scottish Natural Heritage. He is the author of Land of Mountain and Flood, Set in Stone and the Landscapes in Stone series.

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