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The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon's World Heritage Coast (Walk Through Time Guide S.) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

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15 April 2003 Walk Through Time Guide S.
This award winning guide explains the stories of the World Heritage Site, including rocks, fossils and features that make it a place of global importance. It introduces the key places along the coast, things to see and ways to explore and understand the area.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Coastal Publishing; 3 edition (15 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954484509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954484507
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a bargain. Over sixty pages of colourful illustrations and a fold out map are all included and 1 of the cover price will be used to support World Heritage Site education and conservation programmes.

The first part explains graphically the periods of geological time and places each into the context of the World Heritage Coast. Each main period is then explored individually in terms of the global continental changes that occurred, sample creatures of each epoch are pictured in lavish landscapes and in photographs of fossil remains.

The book then takes a tour along the coast zone by zone. For each zone the geology is explained and the processes that created key features are investigated in insets. More colourful illustrations reinforce the landscape changes and depict places to visit and historical events of interest in each zone.

This book is not a text book but none the less includes a wealth of geological information which is presented in an accessible colourful and concise way. The exciting presentation I am sure will delight any 8-80 year old interested in visiting the Jurassic coast.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jurassic coast 31 Aug 2009
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A good little book for a quick overview. If you want more detail look for a more in depth one. This was enough to give me the main points of interest but I will probably buy another to give more information.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent background to walking the coast path 20 Mar 2010
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This is a brilliantly illustrated book which concentrates on explaining the geology of the Jurassic Coast in terms which are not overly technical. It's very easy to read and I think would be found interesting by any age group because of the beautiful photography etc as well as all of the information. There's a useful summary towards the end of lots of other sources of information for the area and a reasonable pull-out map. It is important to note that it doesn't give any details of the coast path and this would be no substitute for one of the full path guides. But overall it's good value for the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast 12 Nov 2011
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An excellent read - full of information on the different geological periods and their influence on the wonderful Dorset coast. As a full time photographer leading photographic workshops on the Dorset coast I have found this book to be informative but not too technical and heavy to pass on information on to my participants. Well worth the money, and a great reference book to hold on to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to the Jurassic Coast 9 Sep 2013
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Well illustrated. Wide ranging. Well written, assuming you know nothing or very little,(correct in my case!). Even has a pullout map in the back of the whole coastline with age of rocks, visitor centers, bus routes and numbers, railway stations etc.
It takes you through geological time with representatives of creatures known to exist then, how the landscape formed, how fossils formed and much much more. After reading this you should be able to hold your own in conversation with any geology student you meet on the beaches.

I liked the historical parts. Past geological greats and fossil collectors, and the impact their amazing finds had on the public at that time. Mary Anning's story is particularly interesting. An amazing woman.

Do not expect to be able to identify fossils down to species level with this book. This is an overview book, and not a scientific reference tome. However it certainly is a very good general information book about this era and this area.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is coming down to visit Dorset with a mind to exploring the coastline and perhaps observing and finding some of these fascinating fossils. Who knows, perhaps you'll be lucky and find that perfect specimen.
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Wonderful book, gives a lot of varied detail very clearly. The pull-out spread was unexpected but very useful explaining diagrammatically where the various rocks and fossil types are to be found.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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Excellent guide with loads of useful information
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide 24 Jun 2014
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Well presented and clearly written. Excellent diagrams and maps. I would recommend this guide to anyone visiting the Jurassic Coast - where it is on sale full price in many shops!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast
The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon's World is informative but not what I expected
Published 12 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
We are visiting the Jurassic Coast and needed to plan our trip. This book was incredibly helpful in that process.
Published 1 month ago by Counsellor T
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy little book
A good little book, we bought it for our son as we were going on holiday to this region and wanted to go fossil hunting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by donna kirk
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money ...
Ok for a complete beginner, but not enough detail, well, almost none, about where to look and what to look for ... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers everything we need
First class book, provides a wealth of information which is readily accessible for the newcomer to this area of the South coast
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Peter Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Good start for a Jurassi Coast exploration.
Excellent portable little guide .Map is the "official" one you will see on the walls of the information centres along the Dorset/Devon coast . Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pontylad
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday in Dorset
Great book. Really informative in a holiday-need to know a bit more way. You won't pass a geology degree with this book, but you will learn how and why the Jurassic coast is so... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. Sd Smylie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
So interesting and it is a part of England that we love and visit often. Such a breathtaking coastal region with so much history to it.
Published 12 months ago by C. B. Tinworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
It is a useful reference for making sure I visited all the interesting places while on a short holiday in Dorset
Published 17 months ago by Tony F
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