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By Richard Fortey | Comments: ( 744 ) | Date: ( Nov 19, 2019 )

I travelled to Haverfordwest to get to the past From Paddington Station a Great Western locomotive took me on a journey westwards from London further and further back into geological time, from the age of mammals to the age of trilobites Under the River Severn and into Wales, I was back before the time of the dinosaurs, to a time when Wales steamed and sweated with th I travelled to Haverfordwest to get to the past From Paddington Station a Great Western locomotive took me on a journey westwards from London further and further back into geological time, from the age of mammals to the age of trilobites Under the River Severn and into Wales, I was back before the time of the dinosaurs, to a time when Wales steamed and sweated with the humid heat of moss laden and boggy forests in coal swamps, where dragonflies the size of hawks flitted in the mist and then on back still further in time, so far back that life had not yet slithered or crawled upon the land from its aqueous nursery So begins this enthralling exploration of time and place in which Richard Fortey peels away the top layer of the land to reveal the hidden landscape the rocks which contain the story of distant events, which dictate not only the personality of the landscape, but the nature of the soil, the plants that grow in it and the regional characteristics of the buildings We travel with him as our guide throughout the British Isles and as the rocks change so we learn to read the clues they contain that Britain was once divided into two parts separated by an ocean, that Scottish malt whisky, Harris tweed, slate roofs and thatched cottages can be traced back to tumultuous events which took place many millions of years ago The Hidden Landscape has become a classic in popular geology since its first publication in 1993 This new edition is fully updated and beautifully illustrated.


  • Title: The Hidden Landscape: A Journey into the Geological Past
  • Author: Richard Fortey
  • ISBN: 9781847920713
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Richard Fortey

Richard Fortey is a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London and a Fellow of the Royal Society He was Collier Professor in the Public Understanding of Science and Technology at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol in 2002 His books have been widely acclaimed Life A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth Knopf was short listed for the Rh ne Poulenc Prize in 1998, and Trilobite Eyewitness to Evolution Knopf was short listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2001 His latest book, Earth An Intimate History Knopf, 2004 , has been called dazzling, remarkable, splendid, and important and timely.



Comments The Hidden Landscape: A Journey into the Geological Past

  • P J

    It must be quite sad to be a creationist. Stand on the beach near Bude and try to imagine that all these strata, these folds, this drama, came into being a meagre few thousand years ago rather than 300 million years ago. How narrow is such a vision, how bleak, what a betrayal of human intelligence, of human curiosity. You have to try also to imagine a capricious deity, moving in ways mysterious indeed, taking the trouble to plant all this overwhelmingly convincing evidence of high antiquity just [...]


  • Nikki

    Geology is not my thing, generally -- in fact, aside from one other book, which was by Richard Fortey as well, I've generally found it quite boring. The attraction here is Fortey's writing, which is clear and passionate. Beautiful, even. Most of that is the sheer enthusiasm and inventiveness with which he treats his subject: metaphors and vivid descriptions abound, even as he's being very clear about the geological forces at work and what the features of the landscape mean.Unlike Earth: An Intim [...]


  • Ned Thacker

    Turns geology into poetry. Fortey believes that the spirit of place is largely determined by the rocks beneath, and provides convincing arguments as he tours Great Britain from the ancient mountains of Scotland to Suffolk's crumbling shore. Prose so evocative it makes one want to leap on the next charabanc to Lulworth Cove


  • Walter

    The Hidden Landscape: A Journey into the Geological Past by Richard ForteyFor me this is a delicious book which I read with enjoyment.This book, focusing on England, Scotland, and Wales with a bit of Ireland, is a little like a Historical Geology text, but it is different. First it is a personal text written almost like a memoir. Second, although it is organized stratigraphically, that is, beginning with the oldest rocks and finishing with the youngest, the information is tied to landscape rathe [...]


  • Barbara

    A Journey into the Geological Past by the palaentologist Richard Fortey. The landscape in question is that of the British Isles - one whose superficial qualities, both natural and man-made, have been determined by the underlying rocks. As the British Isles are formed of many various rocks of different ages and origins, they offer a fascinating illustration of the history of Earth. I have never come across a science writer who makes his topics more interesting. His style ranges from the poeticall [...]


  • Jonathan

    While highly informative and beautifully written, like all of Dr. Fortey's books, I didn't enjoy this one quite as much because it is meant for people who already have a much greater familiarity with British geography than I have, or for those who are about to take a walking tour of the British Isles and so would find the descriptions of the underlying geology of it all useful. I have an interest in geology and did find that I learned, and occasionally found the text entertaining, but it was mos [...]


  • Solveig

    I read this book for our popular science book club, because I wanted us to go for a book on geology. Unfortunately, I came away from reading it feeling I had learned very little. Partly this is due to the authors tendency to write about British geography as if the minute details are common knowledge, and not providing a map with the important sites marked. The book also tends to harping nostalgically about what villages and farms in different parts of the British Isles used to look like. Many a [...]


  • Jason

    What a wonderful book that combines geology, rocks, fault lines, natural history, tectonics, tramping and Scotland, all in one chapter and just about in every chapter. There's a touch of Bill Bryson to Fortey's writing - it won't leave you in stitches but will bring a smile to your face. Something that's difficult given the topic which is generally seen as dry. All of these interests are favourites of mine so when they appear in the one book, what more can you ask for. I've never been to Scotlan [...]


  • Marts(Thinker)

    Travels through the British Isles with Richard Fortey exploring time and place by revealing 'the hidden landscape' through geology


  • Jack Bates

    Absolutely brilliant. I'm a big fan of Fortey's accessible popular science writing and this is really great, I've read it three times.


  • Johanne

    Excellent guide to British geology - It helped me to have a bit of an easy overview before reading this (I read Lie of the Land) but it is a good non-academic guide to what shapes our landscape


  • Brynn

    Beautiful prose. At times way too many details. Overall, a good read and I found myself charmed by the author.


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