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Exploring Geology on the Isle of Arran

Exploring Geology on the Isle of Arran
A Set of Field Exercises that Introduce the Practical Skills of Geological Science

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  • Date Published: October 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521635554

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  • The Isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde is a classic location to introduce beginners to field geology. The richness and variety of over 600 million years of history are packed into the tiny area. This book breaks the mold of "excursion guides" by teaching the basic skills needed by any beginner when dealing with rocks in situ. It presents a series of problem-solving exercises that include step-by-step instructions on what observations to make in order to find a solution. These increase in difficulty and cover the spectrum of field skills that a first or second year undergraduate needs to master. The exercises include many of the more interesting aspects of Arran's geological history and also introduce some of the fundamental concepts behind the science and the people responsible for them, such as James Hutton and Charles Lyell. This approach injects greater flexibility into teaching and assessing progress in learning. Above all, it shows that the subject is dynamic, thought provoking and fun.

    • Breaks the mould of 'excursion guides' by using exercises to teach the basic skills needed by the beginning geologist in the field
    • Injects greater flexibility into teaching and assessing progress in learning
    • Shows that the subject is dynamic, thought-provoking and fun
    • Includes a quick-reference section on the 25 most basic field skills and a 'Help!' section at the end of each exercise
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    "All in all this is a helpful contribution to the available literature in Arran geology." Geological Magazine July 2001

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521635554
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • contains: 115 b/w illus. 12 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. An Introduction to the Field Work: Part II. Learning Basic Field Skills:
    1. Present day processes (Sannox Burn and Sannox Bay, north-east coast)
    2. Clastic sedimentary rocks (Corrie, east coast)
    3. Intrusive igneous rocks (Tormore shore, west coast)
    4. Changing the record: metamorphism and deformation (Rubha Airigh Bheirg, north-west coast)
    5. 3-D thinking in time and space (Glen Sannox, north-east coast)
    6. Cuvier's catastophies (Corrie, east coast)
    7. Prof. Speyside's theory (Glen Rosa, east Arran)
    8. The curious case of 'Catacol Cairn' (Catacol Bay, north-west coast)
    9. Dr. Hutton's dilemma (North Glen Sannox, north-east Arran)
    10. Pluto's revenge (Drumadoon, west coast)
    Part III. Practical Field Skills: Quick Reference Section

  • Author

    C. J. Nicholas, University of Oxford

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