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Landshapes

Synopsis
A series of seven programmes looking at the geomorphology of Britain and Ireland.
Part 1: The stiperstones of Shropshire, which are representative of some of the most ancient rocks found in the British Isles.
Part 2: The landscape created since the last Ice Age, concentrating mainly on Norfolk where the sands and gravels represent some of the youngest and weakest rocks of the British Isles.
Part 3: How the ice sheet influences land shapes in the mountainous regions of Britain, showing the glacial cradles of North Wales and the rivers estuaries of Ireland and Cornwall.
Part 4: The landscapes created by the melting waters of the Ice Age. Shows some spectacular scenery such as Devil’s Dyke, Cheddar Gorge and the waterfalls of Teeside.
Part 5: The erosion of the coastline caused by the sea undermining the soft rocks. Concentrates on southern and eastern England where land is being reclaimed by the sea.
Part 6: Because the British Isles lie on the edge of one of the earth’s plates, the 10,000 miles of coastline are very varied. The shoreline is shaped by the constant battle between the waves and the rocks.
Part 7: The effects of man’s actions on the landscape since his earliest ancestors used ‘slash and burn’ techniques to clear the ancient forests. Soil erosion caused by agriculture in places where the forest was completely felled created the wetland landscape. Human activity has thus changed the landscape sometimes for better, sometimes for worse.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 7 x 28 min.
Year of production
1988
Availability
out of distribution; 1993 sale: £55 (set of 7 programmes)
Uses
Key stages 3 & 4. Students of geography and geology.
Subjects
Geography; Geology
Keywords
erosion; geomorphology; glaciers; ice; rocks; shorelines

Credits

Producer
Tim Fell
Cast
Tim Preece 

Sections

Title
In search of the stiperstones
Synopsis
Part 1: The stiperstones of Shropshire, which are representative of some of the most ancient rocks found in the British Isles.

Title
Ribs and gutters
Synopsis
Part 2: The landscape created since the last Ice Age, concentrating mainly on Norfolk where the sands and gravels represent some of the youngest and weakest rocks of the British Isles.

Title
20 long winters
Synopsis
Part 3: How the ice sheet influences land shapes in the mountainous regions of Britain, showing the glacial cradles of North Wales and the rivers estuaries of Ireland and Cornwall.

Title
Ice into water
Synopsis
Part 4: The landscapes created by the melting waters of the Ice Age. Shows some spectacular scenery such as Devil's Dyke, Cheddar Gorge and the waterfalls of Teeside.

Title
Water and weight
Synopsis
Part 5: The erosion of the coastline caused by the sea undermining the soft rocks. Concentrates on southern and eastern England where land is being reclaimed by the sea.

Title
Wave power
Synopsis
Part 6: Because the British Isles lie on the edge of one of the earth's plates, the 10,000 miles of coastline are very varied. The shoreline is shaped by the constant battle between the waves and the rocks.

Title
Human impact
Synopsis
Part 7: The effects of man's actions on the landscape since his earliest ancestors used 'slash and burn' techniques to clear the ancient forests. Soil erosion caused by agriculture in places where the forest was completely felled created the wetland lands

Production Company

Name

Landmark Productions

Sponsor

Name

Channel Four Television

Phone
071-396 4444
Address
LONDON
SW1P 2TX

Distributor

Name

Granada Learning

Email
info@granada-learning.co.uk
Web
http://www.granada-learning.com External site opens in new window
Phone
0161-827 2927
Fax
0161-827 2966
Address
Customer Services
Granada Television
Quay Street
Manchester M60 9EA

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