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Appreciating geology and the physical landscape in Scotland; from tourism of awe to experiential re-engagement

John E. Gordon and Matt Baker
Appreciating geology and the physical landscape in Scotland; from tourism of awe to experiential re-engagement (in Appreciating physical landscapes; three hundred years of geotourism, T. A. Hose (editor))
Special Publication - Geological Society of London (January 2015) 417 (1): 25-40

Abstract

This chapter explores people's experience of the physical landscape in Scotland from the perspective of parallel developments in geological science, landscape aesthetics and tourism since the middle of the eighteenth century. It begins with tourism of awe, inspired by the Romantic movement and the excitement of discovering natural wonders promoted through contemporary literature and art during the development of modern geological science in the late eighteenth-early nineteenth centuries. Popular interest and engagement in geology declined with increasing scientific specialization, although the physical landscape continued to draw many visitors and provide creative inspiration for poets and artists. In the 1940s, the beginnings of statutory geoconservation were accompanied by renewed interest in raising public awareness of geology and the physical landscape mainly through didactic methods. More recently, exploration of the cultural links between geology and landscape is providing new opportunities for experiential re-engagement, a shift that recognizes the close links between people and the physical landscape, and one promoted through voluntary sector activity in geoconservation and the development of Geoparks. Rediscovering a sense of wonder and reconnecting with the landscape offer a means of reconciling the natural and cultural worlds and enabling wider public appreciation of geodiversity.


ISSN: 0305-8719
EISSN: 2041-4927
Coden: GSLSBW
Serial Title: Special Publication - Geological Society of London
Serial Volume: 417
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Appreciating geology and the physical landscape in Scotland; from tourism of awe to experiential re-engagement
Title: Appreciating physical landscapes; three hundred years of geotourism
Author(s): Gordon, John E.Baker, Matt
Author(s): Hose, T. A.editor
Affiliation: University of St. Andrews, School of Geography and Geosciences, St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Pages: 25-40
Published: 20150112
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
References: 130
Accession Number: 2015-013849
Categories: Miscellaneous
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch map
N54°40'00" - N61°00'00", W08°30'00" - W00°45'00"
Secondary Affiliation: University of Glasgow-Crichton University, GBR, United Kingdom
Source Note: Online First
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201507
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