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Edinburgh Rock The Geology of Lothian by Brian Upton, Euan Clarkson
  

Edinburgh Rock The Geology of Lothian

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Edinburgh Rock The Geology of Lothian by Brian Upton, Euan Clarkson

Looking at Edinburgh Castle it is easily appreciated that it embodies a thousand year's worth of history. By investigation of soils and erosional features we can extend Edinburgh's history back to the end of the ice-ages and the movements of glaciers across the region can also be discerned. However, before the ice-ages we are confronted with a vast time gap of around three hundred million years. For this interval we can only surmise what local conditions in and around Edinburgh were like. It is when we investigate the bed-rocks that it is possible to take the story back further. Edinburgh's rocks, formed between 300 and 450 million years ago, afford startling perspectives of the extraordinarily different environments of those remote times. The sandstones with which much of the city is built, were washed down in rivers meandering through a tropical landscape. Coals from the seams of the Midlothian coal-field are fossil relicts of extensive rain-forests that thrived in steamy coastal swamps. The more visible rocks such as the famous Castle Rock, are memorials to volcanoes that erupted about 340 million years ago. Older than these, and dating back to more than 400 million years, are the Braid, Blackford and much of the Pentland Hills. Whilst the oldest rocks within a 25 mile radius of Waverley Bridge are tucked away in a few small patches of the Pentland hills. More than two hundred years of geological researches have left us with a remarkably detailed picture of the distribution of land and sea, of the climate and of the evolving plants and animals that lived here. 'Edinburgh Rock' is an account of these fascinating Palaeozoic times by Brian Upton and Euan Clarkson.

Reviews

'this is an excellent book; it is authoritative yet entertaining and a thoroughly good read... the authors have taken their description of Edinburgh Rock as a starting point and created a text that is somehow more than the sum of the parts.'
Geological Magazine

'Beautifully produced, lovely to hold and read... an excellent book for all geologists.'
The Geoscientist

About the Author

Brian Upton is a retired professor of petrology and Euan Clarkson is a retired professor of palaeontology. The two have worked as close colleagues in the University of Edinburgh for the past forty years.

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Publication date

2nd December 2013

Author

Brian Upton, Euan Clarkson

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Publisher

Dunedin Academic Press

Format

Paperback
253 pages

Categories

Geology & the lithosphere

ISBN

9781780460338

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