Almost 100 people gathered at Verulamium Museum on 14 December to celebrate the publication by Hertfordshire Natural History Society with Hertfordshire Geological Society of this major new book by John Catt on the county's earth heritage.

The photograph shows HNHS Secretary, Linda Smith and Chairman, Trevor James presenting the main author, John Catt (right) with a copy of his book.

At the launch eight of the thirteen chapter authors were on hand to sign copies of the book.

Also attending were representatives of organisations who had sponsored the production of the book, including Hertfordshire Geological Society, Geologists' Association, Natural England, the Ver Valley Society and twenty individual donors.

Pictured (leftt) are John Fisher and John Cadisch from the Ver Valley Society receiving a copy of the book from Trevor James and (right) Steve Carter who took the photograph featured on the cover..

A second book launch event was held the following day (15 December) at St Stephens Church Hall, St Albans with about 40 people attending (left).


Covering Hertfordshire?s earth heritage and its fundamental influence on geodiversity and biodiversity; the book gives a comprehensive and authoritative account of the basic geology of the county and its relationship with a wide range of topics, including soils, ecology, agriculture, prehistoric archaeology, hydrogeology, mineral resources and building stones.

Author John Catt, seen here signing a copy of the book, said:

?This is a landmark publication for Hertfordshire, which until now has lacked an authoritative work on the county?s geology and how this influences the landscape as we see it today. It also highlights the vital importance to modern day life of our geological resources and their exploitation.?

This book is for everyone interested in the county and its natural history as well as professional geologists, physical geographers, soil scientists, archaeologists, ecologists and conservationists. It is intended to engage anyone who wishes to find out more about these important topics and their inter-relationships.

Photographs by Miles Irving and Ken Smith

Find out how to order your copy now here

The book includes chapters on: The character of Hertfordshire and an introduction to Geology ? Concealed bedrock geology ? The Chalk ? The Palaeogene period ? Neogene deposits ? The Quaternary and landscape development ? Soils, agriculture and plant ecology ? Prehistoric archaeology and human occupation ? Hydrogeology, water supply and waste disposal ? Mineral resources and building stones.