The author of this recently published field guide has spent a lifetime in teaching & leading fieldtrips. Since retiring as an Open University tutor, he's spent his time in Pembrokeshire where he has documented many RIGS sites for the count, some of which are featured in this guide.
The guide provides an introduction & brief geological history of SW Wales that includes an overview of the processes/structures and how they have shaped and influenced the understanding of Welsh geology. Each of the main chapters is divided according to the age/location of the geology and is prefaced with a brief geological overview of the region, and includes a stratigraphical column and how the rocks have been used as an economic resource. About 6 - 12 locations are featured in each chapter, [most easily accessible], where the geology & structures can be observed in detail. Each location includes OS grid reference, travel directions and useful information on car parking, pubs etc.
In all there are over 70 mostly coastal locations, ranging in age between the Precambrian - Quaternary that spans the nearly 650 million year history of the geology of Pembrokeshire; the vast majority are illustrated will a simple geological map, cross section and line drawing showing geological structures. Additionally, there are over 30 colour photographs, most taken by the author. The final chapter is really a supplement to the locations and provides details of interesting inland sites that are less well known than the coastal ones. This field guide includes a very useful & comprehensive glossary to help support an appreciation of the geological terminology/processes, which suggests that the field guide is aimed at students, and walkers who are interested in the landscape and the underlying geology.
This is a nice little field guide, ideally sized for the pocket, which will provide hours of pleasure to the student & amateur geologist alike.show more
by P E Peirce