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3.0 out of 5 stars good photos, 5 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Collins New Naturalist Library (108) - Southern England: The Geology and Scenery of Lowland England (Paperback)
In this book the scenery comes alive partly because of the excellent photos illustrating the text. The millions of years in geology puts our life scale in context, and here the graphs of past periodic ice ages with their peaks and troughs seem to put our present hysteria over climate change in context too. The maps are not always that helpful (and in one case just plain wrong, where what must be Salisbury is tagged Winchester.)

It's well written, explaining the dates and various layers of bedrock beneath the surface, and the earth's heaving hot central cauldron. Never dumbed down, it is accessible to the amateur. However what I would have liked is a glossary, so various terms like Flandrian sea rise and Variscan mountain ranges, and syncline and anticline, which occur - and are explained at their initial mention - could be quickly looked up and the reader's (= my!) memory refreshed.
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