Scotland’s Geomorphological Heritage and Its Conservation

John E. Gordon (Lead / Corresponding author), Vanessa Brazier, James D. Hansom, Alan Werritty

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    Geomorphological features and processes contribute significantly to the geodiversity and geoheritage of Scotland. Key sites identified through the Geological Conservation Review are mostly protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. These sites represent the variety of geological, glacial, periglacial, fluvial, coastal, mass-movement and karst features that distinguish the Scottish landscape. Scotland’s geodiversity and geoheritage have additional value for educational, aesthetic, cultural and ecological reasons and in the delivery of ecosystem services. Greater recognition of these values is fundamental to more holistic approaches to nature conservation, the development of nature-based solutions to societal challenges and connecting people and nature.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLandscapes and Landforms of Scotland
    EditorsColin K. Ballantyne, John E. Gordon
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9783030712464
    ISBN (Print)9783030712457 (hbk), 9783030712488 (pbk)
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Publication series

    NameWorld Geomorphological Landscapes
    ISSN (Print)2213-2090
    ISSN (Electronic)2213-2104


    • Geoconservation
    • Geodiversity
    • Geoheritage
    • Geological Conservation Review
    • Geoparks
    • Geotourism
    • Sites of Special Scientific Interest

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geology
    • Earth-Surface Processes


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