The Outer Hebrides

Landscapes in Stone

Alan McKirdy

The latest in the acclaimed series on Scotland's geology and landscapes which explains how Scotland's scenery was made, why it looksthe way it does today and how it has changed over millions of years
Date Published :
May 2018
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Illustration :
color throughout
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781780275093
Pages : 48
Dimensions : 9.05 X 6.7 inches
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The remote archipelago which lies off the north-west coast of Scotland boasts a huge range of contrasting and spectacular land- and seascapes. Lewis is austere, with a featureless peatland core, bounded by dramatic sea cliffs, whilst neighboring Harris is extraordinarily rugged but fringed with stunning unspoiled beaches. The Uists are characterized by gentle fertile machair lands, and Barra has a more brutal landscape carved from ancient gnarled rock.

But these islands have one thing in common: they were all built from the most ancient rocks in Britain – Lewisian gneiss, which reaches back almost to the beginning of geological time. In this book Alan McKirdy explores these islands, together with the volcanic rocks that build the outposts of Rockall, St Kilda and the Shiants, tracing their extraordinary journey through time and across the globe.

About The Author

Alan McKirdy has written many popular books and book chapters on geology and related topics and has helped to promote the study of environmental geology in schools. Before his recent retirement he was Head of Information Management at Scottish Natural Heritage. He is the author of Land of Mountain and Flood.

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