How to Read the Landscape will change the way you look at the world, by presenting a visual vocabulary with which to understand the land beneath your feet. The book explains the principles of geography, geology, and geomorphology, and shows how a basic understanding of geological timescale, plate tectonics, and landforms can help you to “read” the great outdoors. It then presents a series of classic land forms and features, and uses beautiful progressive artworks to demonstrate the processes by which they were created. The reader will learn to interpret the distinctive shapes of cliffs and coastlines, mountains and hills, valleys and plateaus; to find clues to weather and water erosion; to read rock strata, minerals, and fossils; and to both use and draw maps. A primer and a field guide, How to Read the Landscape will enliven and inform your every future journey, from a hike in the countryside to a flight over the Rockies.