Geology & Ecology

charcoal platform showing changes in vegetation

charcoal platform showing changes in vegetation

Understanding something about the geology (rocks and soils) and ecology (plants and habitats) of an Industrial Treescape will help you in turn to understand more about the archaeological features you may find. It may also be useful background when looking at historical documents.

The underlying geology influences how the land is formed, what can ¬†grow on the land and if there are minerals present how the land can be exploited. More information about the local geology is given on the ‘Geology of Project Area’ page.

The present-day ecology, in this case plants and habitats, is influenced by the geology and how humans have exploited the landscape in the past. It is also influenced by the human activity of planting and felling trees, harvesting tree products and favouring growing particular species at the expense of others. ¬†More information is given about this on the ‘Indicator species’ and ‘Trees & their uses’ pages.