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Carboniferous rocks are now most extensively preserved in central Scotland, the Borders and the offshore areas east of Scotland. Preservation is patchy and successions are generally thin and incomplete in the offshore areas west of Scotland, the Highlands and Southern Uplands, which all tended to remain positive throughout much of the period. However, Carboniferous cover was formerly much more extensive than at present, as demonstrated by a series of isolated outliers with attenuated successions in the Western Highlands and Islands and the Southern Uplands. Most of the cover in these areas was stripped off during the latest Carboniferous uplift...

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