on 5 January 2012
Anyone who has an interest in geology or just a love of the places visited in this book will be grateful to Ronald Turnbull for his efforts.I was very pleased to find his 'Granite and Grit' last year and thought it the best book of its kind I had seen. This sequel which carries forward the geological history of Britain through looking at it coasts makes these two books 'must haves' for those of us who like to know what we are walking on.
His writing is lucid, charming, funny and wide ranging. His photography is excellent. The production values of the book are of the highest standard.
In the space of two books Ronald Turnbull has plugged a massive gap in available literature on British geology.
on 7 September 2012
A 'big' book in many ways, in size, in number of pages (240), in illustrations and in commentary about many different places in the British Isles. Of course 'isles' is a key word here since everything is about the coast of these islands and in enough detail to appreciate many different aspects: how the landscape became what we now experience, the underlying geology, processes of weathering and erosion by the sea and wind, faults, folds, landslips and many other interesting processes. A brief glossary will help those without any background in geology.
This book is lavishly illustrated with wonderful colour photographs as well as explanatory diagrams which cover everything from localised geology to worldwide movements of the continents over geological time. In addition to landscapes, the author also covers small, interesting features such as pebbles, minerals, marine beasts such as molluscs, gravestones to illustrate wind erosion...and all sorts of interesting things.
This is a book which will add greatly to people's experience and enjoyment of travelling round the coast. It makes one want to be more observant and to take in all those exciting features of our landscape which make Britain so diverse and fascinating. The author's style is both amusing and relaxed although he is authoritative and professional; the book is suitable for many different types of people with interests in geology, geography, geomorphology, landscape, travel ... it is excellent.
on 5 December 2011
This excellent biik describes in detail the formation and strructure of Britains coastal geology around our 6000 mile coastline including ammonites,sand,sea sstacks and wave cut platforms.
Various chapters cover the sea,sand,basalt,hot rocks,chalk fauls,coal and specific coasts eg. Yorkshire,Devon and Pembrokeshire.
Very well written and researched and easy to read,The pictures,illustrations,timeline,glossary and maps are first class.
All you need to know about Britains coastline is in this book.