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The Geology and Landscape of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by Simon Camm

The Geology and Landscape of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Part of the Pocket Cornwall Series


The Geology and Landscape of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by Simon Camm

The spectacular scenery of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is the result of some 400 million years of geological history. Rock types range from sedimentary mud and sandstones to igneous ones of granite and those of volcanic origin. Local geology can be seen in pebbles on the beach, and in towns, villages and countryside in buildings and hedges. The coast and moors exhibit some of the most dramatic rock exposures, many of them Sites of Special Scientific Interest. This book describes and explains the best sites, and gives a gallery of rock types that may be encountered in Cornwall.


'Rich history in a rich landscape - explore the county through the pocket book series'
(Tavistock Times Gazette

, 26.05.11) 'Camm's friendly and down-to-earth way of presenting the geology of our county in this book makes what is usually a very complex subject, much easier to understand. - he points out the different features of the landscape and explains the scientific reasons behind these appearances.
(Cornwall Today

, June 2011) 'When you are next out walking on the Isles of Scilly or in Cornwall, slip this book into your pocket and you will look at the scenery in a new light.
(Western Morning News

, 31.05.11) 'explores the 400 million years of rock formation that underpin Cornwall's unique character... superbly illustrated... takes time to explain to the layman all the ins and outs of what happened to create this mineral-rich peninsula, and where you can see it for yourself. And there is a handy glossary to explain the more obscure scientific mineral terminology.
(This is Cornwall

, 02.06.11) 'Yet another little gem in the Pocket Cornwall series. ... a welcome introduction... a wonderful exposure , beautifully illustrated as always in this series, and a credit to all concerned. The author is extremely well qualified in his field, and we are most fortunate that he has the skills to convey that knowledge to the rest of us.
(Old Cornwall

, XIV, no.5, Autumn 2011)

About the Author

Simon Camm spent much of his youth walking the cliffs of Cornwall. Later, as a geologist, mineral exploration manager and consultant in Europe, Asia, the Far East and Africa, he saw geology from the 'inside', in underground mines and drill core. He was Honorary Research Fellow of the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, and Visiting Fellow in Mining Geology at the University of Greenwich. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, author of Cornish Rocks and Minerals (Alison Hodge), Gold in the Counties of Cornwall and Devon, and co-author and author of numerous scientific papers.

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Publication date

21st April 2011


Simon Camm

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120 pages


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