Geological History of Britain and Ireland / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

Additional resources for this book can be found at: http://www.wiley.com/go/woodcock/geologicalhistory

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Tells the geological story of the region at a level accessible to undergraduate geology students, taking a multidisciplinary rather than purely stratigraphical approach. Full coverage is given to Precambrian and Early Palaeozoic history, as well as later events more relevant to hydrocarbon exploration. Chapters are in sections on the northern and southern margins of the Iapetus Ocean, the Variscan cycle, and post- Variscan intraplate setting. Woodcock teaches earth science at the University of Cambridge, UK. Strachan teaches geology at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

“Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers/faculty.” (Choice, 1 January 2013)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405193818
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/29/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel Woodcock teaches structural geology and sedimentology in the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Cambridge. His published research of over 150 papers spans these two fields and regional tectonics, mostly resulting from field work on Palaeozoic rocks in England and Wales.
 
Rob Strachan teaches tectonics in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth. His published research of over 140 papers mainly results from fieldwork on Precambrian and Lower Palaeozoic rocks in Scotland, Greenland and France.
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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction:.

1. Regional Geological History: Why And How:N. H. Woodcock & R. A. Strachan.

2. Geological Framework Of Britain And Ireland: R. E. Holdsworth, N. H. Woodcock & R. A. Strachan.

Part II: The Northern Margin Of The Iapetus Ocean:.

3. Early Earth History And Development Of The Archaean Crust: R. A. Strachan.

4. Proterozoic Sedimentation, Orogenesis And Magmatism On The Laurentian Craton: R. A. Strachan & R. E. Holdsworth.

5. Late Neoproterozoic To Early Ordovician Passive Margin Sedimentation Along The Laurentian Margin: R. A. Strachan & R. E. Holdsworth.

6. The Grampian Orogeny: Mid-Ordovician Arc-Continent Collision Along The Laurentian Margin: R. A. Strachan.

7. Mid-Ordovician To Silurian Sedimentation And Tectonics On The Northern Active Margin Of Iapetus: R. A. Strachan.

Part III: The Southern Margin Of The Iapetus Ocean:.

8. Neoproterozoic To Cambrian Accretionary History Of Eastern Avalonia And Armorica: R. A. Strachan.

9. The Cambrian And Earliest Ordovician Quiescent Margin Of Gondwana: N. H. Woodcock.

10. Ordovician Volcanism And Sedimentation On Eastern Avalonia: N. H. Woodcock.

11. Late Ordovician To Silurian Evolution Of Eastern Avalonia During Convergence With Laurentia: N. H. Woodcock.

Part IV: The End Of The Iapetus Ocean:.

12. The Caledonian Orogeny: A Multiple Plate Collision: N. H. Woodcock & R. A. Strachan.

13. Devonian Sedimentation And Volcanism On The Old Red Sandstone Continent: N. H. Woodcock.

Part V: The Variscan Cycle: Consolidation Of Pangaea:.

14. Carboniferous Sedimentation And Volcanism On The Laurussian Margin: P. D. Guion, P. Gutteridge & S. J. Davies.

15. The Variscan Orogeny: The Welding Of Pangaea: L. N. Warr.

Part VI: Post-Variscan Intraplate Setting:.

16. Permian To Late Triassic Post-Orogenic Collapse And Early Atlantic Rifting: A. H. Ruffell & R. G. Shelton.

17. Late Triassic To Jurassic: The Beginning Of The End For Pangaea: S. P. Hesselbo.

18. Early Cretaceous: Rifting And Sedimentation Before The Flood: A. S. Gale.

19. Late Cretaceous To Early Tertiary Deposition Through The Global Highstand: A. S. Gale.

20. Tertiary Events: The North Atlantic Plume And Alpine Pulses: R. Anderton.

21. The Quaternary: The History Of An Ice Age: N. H. Woodcock

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