Geology is fundamental to our sense of place. The underlying rocks determine a wide range of aspects of the landscape, from physical shape, to drainage and agriculture, and even elements of human heritage. The geological landscape is constantly changing, shaping both the natural environment and the social history of each location. In his prize-winning book, The Changing Outer Hebrides: Galson and the Meaning of Place, Professor Frank Rennie presents an enchanting study of a single Hebridean village through the millennia. In this event Professor Rennie and Dr Elsa Panciroli discuss his book and the influence of geology on our landscape. They explore what makes a place ‘special’, and why a sense of place matters.
Author Bio: Frank Rennie is an academic, author and crofter, and Professor of Sustainable Rural Development at Lews Castle College of the University of the Highlands and Islands. He works on human ecology, rural issues, and education, particularly in the Scottish Highlands. As a natural scientist, Rennie has strong roots in the landscape and community, and a passion for communicating science in everyday language. He has published more than 30 books in both Gaelic and English, and his most recent, The Changing Outer Hebrides: Galson and the meaning of Place, won the Highland Book Prize in 2020.
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