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A Book to Read Again and Again,
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This review is from: The Lie of the Land: An under-the-field guide to the British Isles (Hardcover)An enjoyable romp through the Eons, looking at the geology of the British Isles, aimed at novices to geology. Along the way, we also take detours to things on a less geological timescale, including the development of the steam locomotive, Stonehenge, Victorian popularity of Devil's Dyke and even Goonhilly and tracking the Apollo missions.
I enjoy Vince's strange humour, for example this footnote here from Chapter 5:
"1. Although Caledonian Orogeny does sound like at least one potential outcome of watching a Scottish porn film, an orogeny is actually a period of mountain building caused by a collision of two continents."
There are also moments of travelogue and memoir in this book, and we get to find out something about Vince himself, for example:
"I used to walk up the landslip as a teenager, in a place called, locally at least, The Elephant's Graveyard, a couple of miles to the East of Seaton. My friend and I used to collect golf balls hopelessly sliced off the tee by members of the Axe Cliff Golf Club and sell them to anyone who wanted to take advantage of these fruits of the higher handicaps. I notice now that the course is somewhat smaller than I remember, so maybe that's one of the positive pay-offs of coastal erosion - the exposure of fossils and the slow but eventual elimination of golf. Win-win."
This book is crying out for a coffee-table version, with lots of nice photographs and colour maps. I do hope the publishers (Pan Macmillan) think to do that.
This is a great book, and certainly one that bears reading more than once.