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Revised Correlation of Quaternary Deposits in the British Isles, A

Product Code: SR023
Series: GSL Special Reports - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by D.Q. Bowen
Publication Date: 21 May 1999
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Special Report 23

Realization that continental records of Quaternary rocks were more complex than hitherto believed came with the re-interpretation of oxygen isotope stratigraphy in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This necessitated a comprehensive re-evaluation that has been assisted by the emergence of new geochronological methods for terrestrial as well as land-sea correlations. The current state of such correlations is presented in this revised set of proposals for correlations in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, which also includes the Quaternary geology of the continental shelf.Correlation with the global standard of oxygen isotope stratigraphy enables the significance of British lithostratigraphical units to be appreciated in a wider context that includes the evolution of the climate system on a margin of the northeast Atlantic Ocean. It thus provides timely British data for the international palaeoceanographical and palaeoclimatological community and the correlations proposed are primarily on Milankovitch timescales. But their appearance coincides with the early stages of a paradigm shift to the search for both terrestrial and land-sea correlation on millennial timescales and then on centennial and decadal ones. This is the first of many similar terrestrial and land-sea correlations.


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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-042-8
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-042-3
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Weight: 0.50 kg


1. On the correlation and classification of Quaternary deposits and land-sea correlations.

2. Eastern England.

3. English Midlands.

4. The Thames Valley, its tributary, valleys and their former courses.

5. South and Southeast England.

6. Southwest England.

7. Wales.

8. Northern England.

9. Scotland.

10. Ireland.

11. The Continental Shelf.



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