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Scotland rocks: learn more about the geology that shapes our landscape

Scotland rocks: learn more about the geology that shapes our landscape

Scotland's environment web June 30, 2017

Created by natural processes over the last 3 billion years, Scotland’s rocks and landforms (our geology and geomorphology) not only help us to understand how the Earth evolved, they also play a major role in shaping who we are and how we live; providing the foundation of our biodiversity, scenery, and cultural heritage.

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"My soil is the best in Scotland! Do I win a prize?"... well maybe you could

"My soil is the best in Scotland! Do I win a prize?"... well maybe you could

Ken Loades, The James Hutton Institute June 22, 2017

Today sees the start of the Royal Highland Show - the four days in June each year that showcases the best of farming, food and rural life. It'll come as no surprise that many bring their prized livestock to be judged in the hope of winning the accolade of 'Best in Show'. But did you know that it's not just livestock under scrutiny from the judges? Soil is also vying to be top. Ken Loades from the James Hutton Institute tells us more...

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Our rocks and landforms: the 'great stone book' of Scotland

Our rocks and landforms: the 'great stone book' of Scotland

Hugh Barron, British Geological Survey June 20, 2017

Over the next few weeks we’ll be taking a closer look at the topic rocks and landforms; exploring the exciting projects our partners are working on in this area and looking at the maps, data tools and information available on our website to help you find out more about this fascinating topic. And to get things started, in this first blog we’ve asked Hugh Barron from the British Geological Survey (BGS) to explain more about why rocks and landforms are an important part of Scotland’s environment.

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Where's Willie this week?

Where's Willie this week?

Scotland's environment web April 06, 2017
As an Orcadian, my appreciation of trees and their various benefits, or even the fact that they existed as an important component of the countryside, came comparatively late to me.
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Scotland's soils: the gateway to soils data & information

Scotland's soils: the gateway to soils data & information

Scotland's environment web April 04, 2017
After a year of user analysis, development and user testing, we are pleased to announce the release of the newly updated website. Changes and improvements have been made in response to users’ needs for improved access to data and information to help day-to-day decision making.
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It's all about... our fabulous forests and wonderful woodlands Part 2