Geological Conservation Review

goes coast to coast


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Volume 28 of the JNCC's GCR Series was published in November 2003. The new book contains detailed descriptions of a particular group of GCR sites, all of which are protected as Earth science Sites of Special Scientific Interest for their contribution to the scientific study of coastal landscapes.
Geomorphology of Great Britain, by V J May and J D Hansom, places these coastal features into a wider context by detailing the factors that have shaped our coasts and determined their form. Many elements interplay to build the changing face of the coast that we see today, including geology, glaciation, sea-level change, sediment supply, wind, wave, tide and, increasingly, human activities.
Nearly a hundred of the most scientifically important sites have been selected for the GCR to represent the geomorphology of the coast of Great Britain. These include classic examples of typical coastal features cited the world over, such as Scolt Head Island, Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach and St Ninian's Tombolo, and yet others such as the machair of the west coast of Scotland that are unique to the British Isles. Many of the sites have earned international renown both scientifically and aesthetically. Information from these sites contributes greatly to an understanding of the impact both of natural climate change, and of coastal management by mankind.
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GCR looks to the future
The aim of the GCR Publications project is publish all of the 42 book series by the end of 2005. As the paper-based phase of the project draws to a conclusion, JNCC is considering ways in which the information can be made more widely available. The first step being taken is publishing the GCR Database on the JNCC website, where the outline information of all of the confirmed GCR sites will be made available in a searchable format. The ultimate goal is to make the entire series available in an electronic format.

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