The word 'landscape' has different meanings for different people. Peter Friend approaches this concept by focussing on the natural topography on which man-made features have developed.
Southern England contains many famous and well-loved natural landscapes‚ ranging from the Chalk Downs with their unique flora and fauna‚ to the rocky promontories and bays of Cornwall‚ Devon and Dorset. In total topographic contrast‚ the Fens of East Anglia are regarded by some as representing an extreme absence of any scenery at all‚ but their remarkable flatness is of interest because they are the result of recent sea level rise‚ and of engineering on a remarkable scale. These different landscapes are produced by a wide variety of events and processes; exploring these is the theme of this book.
Landscapes are easy to look at‚ but difficult to describe in words. Recent developments in computer technology offer powerful ways of analysing and presenting landscapes using maps‚ diagrams and photographs‚ and it is this imagery that forms the core of this book.