This volume provides a fascinating account of the natural forces which shaped the Island's landscape from its formation some 500 million years ago to the present nature of the Manx environment and landscape. The story of the island's colonisation by plants and animals sets the scene for the later volumes which deal with the impact of man's arrival. A key element of the volume is an in depth examination of the contemporary landscape, with an appraisal of how the environment has affected man and how man has affected the environment.
Dr. Richard Chiverrell is lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Liverpool. Previous research projects include examining climate and environmental changes in south and east Iceland during the Holocene and conducting a Palaeoecological and archaeological survey of the Myroscough Abbeylands on the Isle of Man. He has had number of articles published in a variety of journals including the Journal of Quaternary Science, Journal of Biogeography and Geomorphology. Dr. Geoffrey Thomas is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Liverpool. His research interests include Quaternary stratigraphy of northern England, Glacio-dynamic structures and the use of geomorphological mapping techniques in the assessment of aggregate resources. He has published in a number of journals including the Journal of Quaternary Science, Engineering Geology and Quaternary Science Reviews.