Dear Sir,

Alan McKirdy's recent message on the importance of gaining a wider public awareness of the environmental significance of Geology and Earth Sciences, and on the particular contribution of Scottish Natural Heritage, stimulated thoughts on what appears to be a growth in popular appreciation of our discipline (McKirdy 2000). His contribution provides a focus on some of the latest ventures in the field of information transfer to the general public, but it is important to recognize that at least some of that success is built on foundations provided systematically by others over many years.

While the new...

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