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Malham Cove: as you've never seen it before

[Wednesday 22 March 2006]

Seeing Malham Cove as it has never been seen before - that is the promise being made by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority thanks to the wonders of modern technology.

The Authority has commissioned a five-minute virtual reality video clip called A Landscape Through Time which shows how the famous Dales beauty spot has changed over the last 20,000 years; and it is now available for everyone to see on the Authority's Out of Oblivion website.

Malham Cove: Video promises a view as you've never seen it before
Malham Cove: Video promises a view as
you've never seen it before

The video gives a bird's-eye view of glaciers sweeping over the Cove, followed by giant waterfalls and then the forest around Malham Tarn where the first Dales people camped and hunted wild animals with bows and flint-tipped arrows.

Robert White, Senior Conservation Archaeologist with the National Park, said, "This video develops our plans for the Out of Oblivion website, which aims to open people's eyes to the way the historic landscape of the Yorkshire Dales has changed. It shows the interaction between people and geology over thousands of years.

"We think the video clip will change the way people look at the landscape around Malham."

The clip was produced for the Authority by the University of Sterling's Virtual Landscape Centre, which is seen as a leader in the field of making archaeologically-accurate virtual reality reconstructions.

It was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund which also contributed substantially to the cost of the Out of Oblivion website.

To view the video clip, visit the Out of Oblivion website at http://www.outofoblivion.org.uk/geology.asp and follow the links.

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