The United Kingdom's Natural Wonders : Scotland and Northern Ireland, Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Wales and West Midlands, England book cover
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The United Kingdom's Natural Wonders
Scotland and Northern Ireland, Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, Wales and West Midlands, England

  • Available for pre-order on May 1, 2023. Item will ship after May 22, 2023
ISBN 9780815349013
May 22, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
408 Pages 397 Color & 47 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book guides readers through the most iconic geologically significant scenery in the UK, points out features of interest, explains what they are seeing, and describes how these features came to be. It illustrates numerous regions, explaining classic locations in the development of geology and paleontology in the United Kingdom, giving readers a tour through sites of special scientific interest. The author examines plate tectonics from spreading centers to convergent margins and discusses the inversion of sedimentary basins. Volcanism and glacial features of the region are also explained, and the effects of the ice age are discussed.


1. Clearly explains the geology of regions with emphasis on landscape formation.

2. Addresses issues of public interest such as earthquakes, mining, and climate change.

3. Lavishly illustrated with numerous colorful maps and breathtaking geological landscapes and their various features.

4. Describes the major geologic features of the United Kingdom through the device of a geologic tour for professionals as well as individuals without any geology training.

5. Written in easy-to-understand language, the author brings their own experience to the readers who want to explore and understand geologic sites first-hand.

The United Kingdom’s Natural Wonders is an inviting text giving individuals with no background in geology the opportunity to understand key geologic aspects of local landscapes. It also serves as a guide to undergraduate and graduate level students taking courses in earth science programs, such as geology, geophysics, geochemistry, mining engineering, and petroleum engineering. Teachers of these courses can also use this book to better understand their local geologic environment and geography.

Table of Contents

1. Scotland, Northern Ireland  2. Lake District and Yorkshire Dales  3. Wales and West Midlands  4. Southern England

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Gary L. Prost obtained his BSc in geology from Northern Arizona University in 1973 and an MSc (1975) and PhD (1986) in geology at Colorado School of Mines. Over the past 45 years, he has worked for Norandex (mineral exploration), Shell U.S.A. (petroleum exploration worldwide), the U.S. Geological Survey (geologic mapping, coal), the Superior Oil Company (mineral and oil exploration), Amoco Production Company (worldwide oil exploration, remote sensing, and structural geology), Gulf Canada (international new ventures), and ConocoPhillips Canada (Canadian Arctic exploration, gas field development, oil sands development, and reservoir characterization). He spent over 20years working as a satellite image analyst in the search for hydrocarbons and minerals in more than 30 countries. During this time, he applied structural geology and remote sensing to exploration, development, and environmental projects. The second half of his career was spent working on regional studies, new ventures and frontier exploration, and oil and gas field development. Now retired, his is most recent work has been in public outreach, leading field trips and educating the public on topics of geological interest. He is the principal geologist for G.L. Prost GeoConsulting of El Cerrito, California, and has been a registered professional geologist in Wyoming (United States) and in Alberta and the Northwest Territories (Canada). He has published five books, including North America’s Natural Wonders Volumes 1 and 2 (Taylor and Francis, 2020), The Geology Companion: Essentials for Understanding the Earth (Taylor & Francis, 2018), Remote Sensing for Geoscientists: Image Analysis and Integration (third edition, Taylor & Francis, 2013), and the English–Spanish and Spanish–English Glossary of Geoscience Terms (Taylor & Francis, 1997). He is currently on his next volume, Geologic Tours of the World – South America’s Natural Wonders.