The Geology of Oxfordshire
by Philip Powell
Paperback, 108 pages
Oxfordshire's geology is as fascinating as any in the British Isles. The rich variety of its landscapes, ranging from ironstone hills, to Cotswold valleys, lush lowland and chalk downs – reflects the character of the underlying rocks. And the wide variety of fossils, ranging from ammonites, corals and brachiopods to crocodiles, dinosaurs and even lions – reflects the ancient environments in which they lived.
The story of how these rocks and fossils originated is a journey through time and space, a journey that lasted hundreds of million years across an Oxfordshire that has varied from hot desert, to tropical rain forest, coral sea, shallow lagoon and frozen waste.
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About the book
Oxfordshire's geology is as fascinating as any in the British Isles. The rich variety of its landscapes – ranging from Ironstone hills to Cotswold valleys and lush lowland to chalk downs – reflects the character of the underlying rocks.
The fossil record in Oxfordshire ranges from ammonites to crocodiles, dinosaurs to lions. The story of how those rocks and fossils originated is a journey through time and space, a journey of hundreds of millions of years across an Oxfordshire that has been, at various times in its history, hot desert, tropical rain-forest, coral sea, shallow lagoon and frozen waste.
About the author
Philip Powell is a former curator of geology at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, with special interests in fossils, building stones and local geology. He is a co-author of The Geology of Oxford Gravestones, published by Geologica Press and available here.