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Scotland (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 119) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Friend
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Book Description

Harnessing recent developments in computer technology, the latest New Naturalist volume uses the most up-to-date and accurate maps, diagrams and photographs to analyse the diverse landscapes of Scotland.

Most people share an enthusiasm for beautiful and breathtaking scenery, explored variously through the physical challenge of climbing to the top of the tallest mountains or the joy of viewing the work of a painter; but while easy to admire from a distance, such landscapes are usually difficult to explain in words.

Peter Friend highlights the many famous and much loved natural landscapes of Scotland, ranging from the rolling, agricultural lowlands of the east to the wild and rugged mountains of the west, from the whitewashed villages of Galloway to the traditional fishing ports of the east. He provides detailed explanations for the wide variety of natural events and processes that have caused such an exciting range of surroundings.

Setting apart the topography that has resulted from natural rather than man-made occurrences, Friend focuses on each region individually, from the windswept islands that fringe the Atlantic to the sheltered straths of Perthshire, and explains the history and development of their land structures through detailed descriptions and colourful diagrams.

Illustrated with beautifully detailed photographs throughout, Scotland comprehensively explores the formation of these wonderful landscapes that are so universally admired.

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‘In the seven decades of its existence [the New Naturalist series] has acquired something like iconic status. This introduction to the country’s geology marries approachability with scientific rigour. A general guide this book may be, but it’s impressive alike in its scientific details and in its comprehensive coverage.’ The Scotsman

‘Authoritative, but readable … anyone interested in how the current landscapes of Scotland were formed – this is an excellent addition to the available literature.’ Scottish Birds

‘A tribute to the author’s expository skills and profound knowledge of the country of his childhood, and to his colleagues at the University of Cambridge […]. I pity the Londoner whom it does not inspire to visit Scotland.’ The London Naturalist

Praise for the New Naturalist series:

‘The series is an amazing achievement.’ The Times Literary Supplement

‘The books are glorious to own.’ Independent

About the Author

Peter Friend retired in 2001 after a career spent teaching and researching in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge. His boyhood was spent in Scotland, where he became fascinated by the variety and beauty of the natural landscapes. From his base in Cambridge, he carried out research programmes in Spitsbergen, Greenland, Spain, Pakistan and India, and became increasingly aware of the importance of rivers in shaping landscapes. He is currently Chairman of the Friends of the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and Emeritus Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 447367 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (15 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064EHW8O
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #385,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would have been a 5 star review if properly titled 12 Sept. 2012
The addition of the words "The geology of" at the start of the title could have garnered this book a 5 star review. As previous reviewers have noted there is little for the naturalist in this book as flora and fauna barely get a mention but as a well produced book on the geology of Scotland this takes some beating. Excellent maps and diagrams combine with some super aerial photos to provide a book which is a real pleasure to browse through. To be fair the narrative is somewhat dry (further justifying the loss of the fifth star) so it is unlikely anyone will read this through in one sitting but if you are interested in how the underlying landscape of Scotland came to be formed and you'd like a "dipper into" or a reference if you are visiting a particular part of Scotland then this is hard to beat.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite a New Naturalist 6 Feb. 2012
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This is the second new Naturalist volume written by Peter Friend (see Amazon reviews for Southern England: The Geology and Scenery of Lowland England. I would quote Mr. May from his review of Southern England "There is also the opportunity, I feel, for a future author to develop further the influence of geology beyond just basic physical landscape, to demonstrate how geology is also a key determinant of different types of habitat and ecosystem, and species distribution (biogeography)."
"Scotland" for me is a disappointing book, albeit it is well written and has excellent photographs and maps. The claim of the Editors of New Naturalist is "That the aim of this series is to interest the reader in the wildlife of Britain by recapturing the enquiring spirit of the old naturalist." There are more of their aims on page 2 of "Scotland". I therefore agree with Mr. May that there was indeed an opportunity in any later New Naturalist book (as it turned out by Peter Friend) to at least expand on the hard geology and include the subsequent "effect on the flora and fauna of the area". And I would suggest that Mr Friend has missed this opportunity. To support this I would refer to other books in the New Naturalist series e.g. Galloway and the Borders, Loch Lomondside and The Hebrides etc. which do attempt to marry up the flora and fauna with the geological landscape. "Scotland", however, is just a book about geology of Scotland. Perhaps the book should have been titled "The Geology of Scotland"; it covers very little about other aspects of the natural in Scotland. "Scotland" as a title in the New Naturalist series does imply a full account of the geology, landscape and the associated flora and fauna, and that is what it should have.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scotland 17 Aug. 2012
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Scholarly, well produced and written but it doesn't cover much more than the geology of Scotland.
I agree with your reviewer who is concerned about the way in which the editors are dealing with their brief.
If I wasn't a New Naturalist collector (and reader), I should be surprised and disappointed that this book has the title 'Scotland'.
I suppose that, when the editors have a first class contributor, they need to give him his head, so I can't complain about the book, but I do complain about the title.
I did buy this from Amazon, as always, and I think that their discounts on New Naturalist books make an overpriced book affordable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marred by publishing error. 17 Dec. 2014
Excellent and comprehensive reference work, probably better suited to dipping in and out of,unless you can take a lot in at once .Fig 227 on page 318 is actually Newtonmore looking South -West and not as stated.Very unusual error for this series.I can't speak for all the other illustrations.
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