EDINBURGH: LANDSCAPES IN STONE


EDINBURGH: LANDSCAPES IN STONE

ALAN MCKIRDY    Book Number: 88462    Product format: Paperback

Edinburgh - a city that lies between an ancient, long-extinct volcano and the sea. Celebrated for its beauty, which has earnt it the status as a UNESCO World Heritage city, this city has been a stunning piece of Scotland's history for 350 million years. This book explores the fascinating geological DNA of the Edinburgh landscape. The land is forged in fire and ice: from the Salisbury Crags whose shape was created when molten rock forced its way between existing layers of sedimentary strata, buckling the sandstone beds in the process into the iconic skyline, to the scratches on Agassiz Rock on the South side of Blackford Hill which were the effects of glaciation, specifically ice erosion during the Ice Age. Learn about the Craigleith stone, the finest stone which was used extensively in Edinburgh in building landmarks of the city such as the Palace of Holyrood, Edinburgh University's Old College and the National Gallery of Modern Art. Marvel at the evidence of coral, crinoids and shelled animals which existed in the Carboniferous Period's tropical, shallow seas over what is now central Scotland. Colourful photographs are a brilliant addition, from fascinating images of fossils including the remains of the amphibian Balanerpeton woodi and fossilised scorpion Pulmonoscorpius kirktonensis, to shots of Carlops valley which was carved by water from melting ice, Tantallon Castle sitting on an ancient volcanic vent, and Siccar Point's layers of sandstones. Thorough diagrams inform the explanations of the geography, including a reconstruction of the coal forest ecosystem and a geological map of Edinburgh and the surrounding region highlighting areas of Ordovician areas and Intrusive and Carboniferous volcanic rocks. Uncover millions of years of extraordinary geographical phenomena which made the capital of Scotland one of the most iconic landscapes. Paperback, 6.5" x 9.3", colour diagrams and photos, 48pp.
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ISBN 9781780273716
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