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The Lie Of The Land: An Under The Field Guide To The British Landscape

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews

In 1857, Lieutenant Commander Joseph Dayman was dispatched by the Admiralty at the helm of "HMS Cyclops" to take deep sea soundings in preparation for the first transatlantic telegraph cable. While the cable turned out to be perhaps the world's largest and most ineffectual immersion heater, Dayman's samples from the bottom of the ocean caused a sensation. For when the ooz

Hardcover, 286 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Boxtree, Limited
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Alexander Lowe
A book with a promising idea, going into the events that led to the formation of Britain's geology as it is today. Unfortunately, I didn't really feel that it delivered this for me. The book was lacking in pictures and diagrams beyond the initial map of Britain with the rocks of the geologic time period displayed. Consequently, I found myself having to refer to other sources to understand the processes described in the book. The prose is also fairly rambley, going on on tangents and frequently n ...more
Fascinating and amusing: a book for those of us who have a dangerously low level of knowledge of British geology but find textbooks assume we are full time students of the subject. Full of simplified explanations as to exactly why Britain looks like it does and how tricky and stupefying it was for the pioneers of geology to figure it out. The author assumes the reader has no pre-knowledge and cleverly convinces you that he only knows a little bit more himself so as not to be intimidating. Soon w ...more
This is a good general not too techy introduction to the geology of Britain. Each chapter looks at a difference geological era working forward from pre-cambrian and concentrating largely on one specific area of the British Isles. The downside to this is that you have a specific area you want to know about you might find yourself slightly short of info.
Lucy Mason
There wasn't really anything wrong with this book (aside from the fact it could have used more diagrams), I just don't think I'm all that interested in rocks.
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Humour, travel and non-fiction author and freelance writer who contributes regularly to the Guardian and writes a column for BBC Countryfile magazine, as well as being an erstwhile contributing editor to The Idler and columnist for the Daily Telegraph.
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