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It is not as widely known as it should be that Britain has the most varied geology of any country in the world. This book is a celebration in words and pictures of what its mountains are made of, and how they got there. This in turn determines what they're like to climb, scramble on, or walk over. Why is Skiddaw slate so slippery? How do tors form? Why is gritstone so difficult? Why is Lakeland so picturesque, and the granite lands so grim and forbidding? Geology is destiny, whether it's the rubbishy nature of gullies and screes, the sculpting of valleys by ice or the landslip weirdness of Quiraing on the Isle of Skye. British mountains contain many interesting and different ingredients: gneiss and granite and gabbro; limestone and sandstone; schist and slate; the product and the debris of tectonic shifts, volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers over many millennia. This book explains all this to the layman, from an expert but personal perspective, and will add immeasurably to the fun and satisfaction to be gained from any day in the hills.
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Ronald Turnbull is a geographer and a walker. Author of over a dozen highly regarded walking books and guides, he has won four awards from the Outdoor Walkers Guild. Ronald lives in Thornhill in Dumfriesshire.Review:
Don't be surprised if he isn't in for another award after this! Westmorland Gazette The interesting content combined with Turnbull's light-hearted tone makes this an enjoyable pre-hike read. Outdoor Photography
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Book Description Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd, 2009. Condition: Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP21350874
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Book Description Frances Lincoln, London, 2009. Hard. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Jacket has light edgewear and slightly sunned spine. Book fine. Size: 4to. Seller Inventory # 62983