Volcanoes and the Making of Scotland

Second Edition

By Brian Upton

Scotland's mountains and glens retain the secrets of a long and frequently violent geological history that has gone into their making. Volcanoes have played a major role in the creation of Scotland, and while the youngest - a mere 60,000,000 years old - were responsible for much of the scenic splendor of the Inner Hebrides, the rocks composing many of the famous Scottish landforms - such as those of Glencoe and Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh - are also the direct result of volcanism. Volcanoes and the Making of Scotland goes back in time from the most recent examples to volcanoes of the obscure Precambrian times which left their signature in the ancient rocks of the far northwest. Geographically, the book ranges across all of Scotland from Shetland to the Borders. Reflecting current research into Scotland's geology, the book also speculates as to the climate, geography, and ecology of the long-gone landscapes in which the volcanoes of differing ages were created and destroyed. This thoroughly revised and updated second edition - which is completely redesigned and includes new illustrations - explores what can currently be seen in the worn-down remains of Scotland's old volcanoes to active analogues around the world. The book vividly brings life and meaning to what the layman would otherwise regard as cold and incomprehensible rocks. [Subject: Volcanology, Geology, Earth Science, Natural History]


Publication Date: 9/17/2015
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9781780460567