Set in Stone: The Geology and Landscapes of Scotland

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The land that was to become Scotland has travelled across the globe over the last 3,000 million years – from close to the South Pole to its current position. During these travels, there were many continental collisions, creating mountain belts as high as the present-day Himalayas. The Highlands of Scotland were formed in this way.

Our climate too has changed dramatically over the last 3 billion years from the deep freeze of the Ice Age to scorching heat of the desert. And within a relatively short time – geologically speaking, we will plunge back into another ice age. In Set in Stone, Alan McKirdy traces Scotland’s amazing geological journey, explaining for the non – specialist reader why the landscape looks the way it does todays.