To understand the geology of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site you’d do well to find someone local to explain it; if that person has a real passion for the coast and can put its complexities into plain English so much the better. This is what makes the new book ‘Geology of the Jurassic Coast – Isle of Purbeck Weymouth to Studland’ one of the best and most helpful reads of its kind.
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Co-authored by Swanage resident, well known Jurassic Coast enthusiast Malcolm Turnbull and Paul Ensom an expert on Dorset geology, this latest guide explores the formation of the Isle of Purbeck in pictures, maps, illustrations, and above all, a language that brings the subject alive to a wide audience.
It is the combined expertise of its authors which creates an informed geological study as well as an engaging human interest story; an explanation of how the coastal landforms came to be and how they have shaped the local area, its wildlife, historic buildings, character, industry and economy.
“While many visitors are appreciative of the area’s extraordinary beauty, not everyone understands the fascinating, and often complex geological and geomorphologic reasons behind that beauty”, explained Paul, a point reinforced by Malcolm. “We wanted to create a gentle introduction with intelligible answers to why the landscape and cliffs look the way they do. Our journey starts at Furzy Cliff east of Weymouth and ends at Studland explaining the folds, faults, crumples, burning cliffs and many other events and features of this section of World Heritage Coast. It’s a fascinating story and I’m delighted to have been involved in telling it.”
Commissioned by the Jurassic Coast Trust and published by Coastal Publishing this 128 page book is a detailed guide to the geology of the Isle of Purbeck, the second in a series of three to cover the 95 mile Jurassic Coast. Proceeds from the sale of this book and other Jurassic Coast titles from Coastal Publishing are used by the Jurassic Coast Trust to support conversation and education programmes for the World Heritage Site.
Author Paul Ensom graduated from Leicester University in 1977 before joining Dorset County Museum in Dorchester as Assistant Curator. In 1989 he became Keeper of Geology at the Yorkshire Museum and in 1998 moved to the Natural History Museum, London as Collections Leader, Department of Palaeontology. He is currently an independent museum consultant and geologist. Paul is recognised as a skilled interpreter of geology.
Author Malcolm Turnbull graduated from Durham University in 1968. In 1982 he and his family moved to Swanage where he joined Dorset County Council first as a ranger at Durlston Country Park then as Coastal Policy Officer and finally as Manager of the Environment Policy Group. Malcolm was lead officer for Dorset County Council in the bid for World Heritage Status. In 2010 he and three other core members of the bid-team were awarded the RH Worth Prize by the Geological Society of London. He is now retired but continues to pursue his interest in coastal matters and is a trustee of the Jurassic Coast Trust.
Geology of the Jurassic Coast Guide Book
Published November 2011
Publisher: Coastal Publishing
Purchase: main outlets along the Jurassic Coast or order from your local book store.