Geological History of Britain and Ireland / Edition 2

Geological History of Britain and Ireland / Edition 2

by Nigel H. Woodcock
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405193816

ISBN-13: 9781405193818

Pub. Date: 05/29/2012

Publisher: Wiley

Britain and Ireland have a remarkably varied geology for so small a fragment of continental crust, with a fine rock record back through three billion years of geological time. This history would have been interesting enough if it had been played out on relatively stable continental crust. However, Britain and Ireland have developed at a tectonic crossroads, on

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Britain and Ireland have a remarkably varied geology for so small a fragment of continental crust, with a fine rock record back through three billion years of geological time. This history would have been interesting enough if it had been played out on relatively stable continental crust. However, Britain and Ireland have developed at a tectonic crossroads, on crust once traversed by subduction zones and volcanic arcs, continental rifts and mountain belts. The resulting complexity is instructive, fascinating and perplexing.

Geological History of Britain and Ireland tells the region’s story at a level accessible to undergraduate geologists, as well as to postgraduates, professionals or informed amateurs. This second edition is fully revised and updated, reflecting our continually developing knowledge of the region's geology.  Full coverage is again given to the rich Precambrian and Early Palaeozoic history, as well as to later events more relevant to hydrocarbon exploration. The book is an essential starting point for more detailed studies of the regional geology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405193818
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1st Edition, vii

Preface to the 2nd Edition, viii

List of Contributors, ix

PART 1 INTRODUCTION, 1

1 Regional Geological History: Why and How?, 3
N. H. Woodcock and R. A. Strachan

2 Geological Framework of Britain and Ireland, 19
R. E. Holdsworth, N. H. Woodcock and R. A. Strachan

PART 2 THE NORTHERN MARGIN OF THE IAPETUS OCEAN, 41

3 Early Earth History and Development of the Archaean Crust, 43
R. A. Strachan, C. D. Storey and A. R. Prave

4 Proterozoic Sedimentation, Orogenesis and Magmatism on the Laurentian Craton (2500–750 Ma), 54
R. A. Strachan, R. E. Holdsworth and A. R. Prave

5 Middle Neoproterozoic (<750 Ma) to Early Ordovician Sedimentation along the Laurentian Margin of Iapetus, 76
R. A. Strachan, A. R. Prave and R. E. Holdsworth

6 The Grampian Orogeny: Mid-Ordovician Arc–Continent Collision along the Laurentian Margin of Iapetus, 91
R. A. Strachan

7 Mid-Ordovician to Silurian Subduction and Collision: Closure of the Iapetus Ocean, 110
R. A. Strachan

PART 3 THE SOUTHERN MARGIN OF THE IAPETUS OCEAN, 133

8 Late Neoproterozoic to Cambrian Accretionary History of Eastern Avalonia and Armorica on the Active Margin of Gondwana, 135
R. A. Strachan

9 The Cambrian and Earliest Ordovician Quiescent Margin of Gondwana, 150
N. H. Woodcock

10 Ordovician Volcanism and Sedimentation on Eastern Avalonia, 162
N. H. Woodcock

11 Late Ordovician to Silurian Evolution of Eastern Avalonia during Iapetus Closure, 177
N. H. Woodcock

PART 4 THE END OF THE IAPETUS OCEAN, 193

12 Early Devonian Sedimentary and Magmatic Interlude after Iapetus Closure, 195
N. H. Woodcock

13 The Acadian Orogeny and its Mid–Late Devonian Depositional Aftermath, 210
N. H. Woodcock

PART 5 THE VARISCAN CYCLE: CONSOLIDATION OF PANGAEA, 231

14 Carboniferous Sedimentation and Volcanism on the Laurussian Margin, 233
S. J. Davies, P. D. Guion and P. Gutteridge

15 The Variscan Orogeny: the Welding of Pangaea, 274
L. N. Warr

PART 6 POST-VARISCAN INTRAPLATE SETTING, 299

16 Permian to Late Triassic Post-orogenic Collapse and Rifting, Arid Deserts, Evaporating Seas and Mass Extinctions, 301
M. W. Hounslow, T. McKie and A. H. Ruffell

17 Triassic–Jurassic Boundary and Jurassic: Disintegrating Pangaea, 322
S. P. Hesselbo

18 Early Cretaceous: Rifting and Sedimentation before the Flood, 347
A. S. Gale

19 Late Cretaceous to Early Palaeogene Pelagic Deposits: Deposition on Greenhouse Earth, 365
A. S. Gale

PART 7 THE THULEAN PLUME AND ITS AFTERMATH, 385

20 Palaeogene and Neogene Events: the North Atlantic Plume and Alpine Pulses, 387
A. S. Gale, R. Anderton and R. A. Strachan

21 The Quaternary: History of an Ice Age, 409
P. L. Gibbard and N. H. Woodcock

Index, 429

Colour plates appear in between pages 214 and 215

COMPANION WEBSITE

This book is accompanied by a companion website: www.wiley.com/go/woodcock/geologicalhistory

With figures and tables from the book for downloading

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