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PUBLICATION DATE: May 10, 2018
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Lochaber and Glencoe: Landscapes in Stone
By (author) Alan McKirdy
The Lochaber and Glencoe area is rich in historical associations. It was at Glenfinnan that Bonnie Prince Charlie started his long marchsouthwards to lay claim to the British throne, and Glencoe was the scene of one of the most vicious massacres in Scottish history.But a longer and even more turbulent history is played out geologically. Ancient volcanoes erupted in massive explosions, causing shock wavesthat reverberated around the planet. Their eroded remains form some of the breathtaking scenery for which Glen Coe is famous, as well as thehighest mountain in Britain – Ben Nevis. Ice too played its part as glaciers scraped their passage across the landscape, carving deep glens andshaving the tops off the highest mountains.This book is fascinating introduction to the geology of the area, which features some of Scotland’s oldest rocks and some of its most stunningand dramatic scenery.
Alan McKirdy has helped to promote the study of environmental geology in Scotland. Before his retirement he was Head of Knowledge andInformation Management at Scottish Natural Heritage. He is now a freelance writer and regularly gives talks at book festivals and other events.