Welcome to the website of John S. Mason MPhil, Machynlleth, Wales, UK

- research - interpretation - photography - publication - conservation - site assessment -

the product of 25 years experience in the Earth sciences and information/communication technology


As a writer as well as a scientist, one thing that I see as critically important is the effective, understandable and accurate communication of the Natural Sciences to the public. My scientific interpretation work typically involves detailed subject research and imaging, followed by creation of text, often in conjunction with graphics as the output will often be an interpretation sign, website or booklet, although I have also worked in radio and TV at times. Please email me if you have a project you wish to discuss.

In the interpretation of geology, for example, I aim to bring lost, ancient landscapes back to life through the power of words. This text sample part of an exhibition I put together in 1999 takes us back through time to Mid Wales in the Triassic Period, about 220 million years ago:

"It is a fine summer day and we stand on the summit of Plynlimon looking at the strange landscape through the heat-haze. To the north and the south low undulating hills stretch into the far distance. To the west the hills tail off into a great depression where Cardigan Bay ought to be. There is not a sign of life in this silent red land. The open sea lies a long distance off to the north and east, beyond the salt-lagoons of the Cheshire Plain. The seemingly endless cycle of sunrise and sunset over the red landscape will continue for another ten million years. It will take that long for the sea to return."

Graphics sometimes get big concepts across more effectively than words alone. Please click here for an example - the concept of Geological Time!

Illustrated talks and guided field-trips to various areas in North and Central Wales are also available. I have guided a number of Open University and similar parties over the years and can put together an itinerary based on the interests of the party - email me for details and prices. The trips involve the use of private cars with some short walks, the aim being to minimise travel time and maximise geological time, so to speak! Click here for an example of an itinerary in Coed y Brenin (porphyry-copper mineralisation) in North Wales.

Geology and metallogenesis in Wales
scientific interpretation services
conserving our geological heritage
Graphics & web design
part of an interpretation panel
Another format - a powerpoint slide show How Interpretation works! interpretation sign, Cwmysywyth Mine
One of my interpretation panels
Outputting in PowerPoint
Full data-collecting & digitising! A sign in situ