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It is clear from the outset of this volume that this is a process-oriented book and ten authors augment the editors’ major contributions. Absence of references from the text makes reading easy; there are references and a ‘Further Reading’ section at the end of each chapter, the latter often duplicating references. There are abundant diagrams and maps and pricing below £30 makes it accessible to the undergraduate market.
The introductory chapters provide a succinct summary of stratigraphical procedures and practice and the geological framework of Britain. The following section on the northern margin of the Iapetus Ocean from the Archaean through to the Silurian initiates the systematic part of the book. The various terranes of northern Britain are well described, with appropriate diagrams. There is a good balance of coverage of the literature on often-contentious issues.
The following section traces Eastern Avalonia from the Precambrian to its collision with Laurentia. The first chapter provides an admirably clear account of the Neoproterozoic to Cambrian history of the area. I enjoyed the Lower Palaeozoic chapters, which are arranged after the author’s sequence stratigraphical approach, though this is not explicitly stated. However, the chapters are well constructed and well illustrated, but lack discussion of the relationship between faunas and facies and the contrast between the dark graptolitic facies and …