Layers Of Landscape

SAM_4294Agricultural layers, boundaries managed by man, pine lines missing a few blown and shaped by wind, soils depleted and replenished, electricity lines. Visual clues are purely a surface layer of manmade landscape. What is beneath? How can we visualise the layers of history and geodiversity?

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Geological maps and Light Detection and radar (LiDAR) maps give some idea of the past. By flying over landscape and sending down laser pulses, a 3D image can be produced to give relative heights of land and vegetation below.

In comparison to the intensively farmed land around it, the forest is thought to have had a relatively benign effect on surviving ground features. It may be that the forest proves to be a rich source of evidence from thousands of years of previous land use and this will build upon our knowledge and understanding of layers of the landscape.

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