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Geological History of Britain and Ireland Hardcover – May 21 2012
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“Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty.” (Choice, 1 January 2013)
Britain, Ireland and their surrounding areas have a remarkably varied geology for so small a fragment of continental crust. This region contains a fine rock record from all the geological periods from Quaternary back to Cambrian, and a less continuous but still impressive catalogue of events back through nearly 2500 million years of Precambrian time. This protracted geological history would have been interesting enough to reconstruct if it had been played out on relatively stable continental crust. However, Britain and Ireland have developed instead at a tectonic crossroads, on crust traversed intermittently by subduction zones and volcanic arcs, continental rifts and mountain belts. The resulting complexity makes the geological history of this region at once fascinating and perplexing. Geological History of Britain and Ireland tells the geological story of the region at a level accessible to undergraduate geologists, as well as to postgraduates, professionals, or informed amateurs. The book takes a multi-disciplinary rather than a purely stratigraphical approach, and aims to bring to life the processes behind the catalogue of historical events. Full coverage is given to the rich Precambrian and Early Palaeozoic history, as well as to later events more relevant to hydrocarbon exploration. The book is profusely illustrated and contains guides to further reading and full references to data sources, making it an essential starting point for more detailed studies of the regional geology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The maps and diagrams are very clear so it's easy to understand what they show and they offer a visual summary of the information contained in each chapter. The book covers a different geological age or an event (such as the Variscan Orogeny) in separate chapters. Each chapter provides detailed information on the different types of rocks that were formed and their characteristics, and the environment they were formed in. My only difficulty with this book is that it can be quite hard to use if you are looking for something specific because the text can jump around in places, but if you're taking a course in UK stratigraphy or palaeoenvironments then I reccomend this book fully.