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Reading the rocks: 500 million years in 50 pages

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The landscape of the North Pennines reveals its story in a new book, Reading the Rocks © English Heritage

Five hundred million years of geology comes under the microscope in a fascinating new book looking at how the North Pennines landscape was formed.

Reading the Rocks: Exploring the Geology and Landscape of the North Pennines is an incredible journey through time.

Produced by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, the book explains how the rocks reveal dramatic evidence of a deep ocean and violent volcanoes, colliding continents and molten rock, tropical seas and lush rainforests, hot water and minerals, desert dunes and vast ice sheets.

And in the last few thousand years – just the blink of an eye in geological terms – North Pennine people have further shaped the landscape with settlements, mines, quarries and farms.

Using colourful illustrations, photographs and non-technical writing, this softback book – due out on December 15 – shows how, by spotting clues in the landscape and ‘reading the rocks’ readers can explore the North Pennines’ place in geological history for themselves.

The AONB Partnership’s Geodiversity Officer and author of Reading the Rocks, Elizabeth Pickett, said: “The beautiful landscape of the North Pennines AONB and Global Geopark has been nearly 500 million years in the making. The area’s fells and dales, and the rocks, minerals and fossils of which they are made, tell a fascinating story – of how the North Pennines has travelled over the surface of the globe and experienced many different environments and climates.”

The book has been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural England and the charity Friends of the North Pennines. Proceeds from its sale will help support the Friends of the North Pennines.

Reading the Rocks

Reading the Rocks is priced at £8 (£4 for Friends of the North Pennines members) and will be distributed to local bookshops, visitor attractions and tourist information centres early in 2012.

Anyone who would like to order copies by post can do so by sending a cheque (made payable to Friends of the North Pennines) to the North Pennines AONB Partnership, Weardale Business Centre, 1 Martin Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 2UY.

Please include a note with your payment giving your postal address, your home phone number and/or an email address.

Include postage and packing of £1.80 for one book, £2.35 for two or three.

If you have any queries please phone the North Pennines AONB Partnership Office on 01388 528801.

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