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Scotland: the Southern Uplands

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A. W. Owen
A. W. Owen
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Published:
January 01, 2000

Abstract

With a few notable exceptions (e.g. Kelling 1961, 1962; Walton 1961; Williams 1962) very little modern work on the stratigraphy of the Ordovician of the Southern Uplands had been undertaken prior to 1972 and hence the area received scant attention in Williams et al. (1972). The area has subsequently been the focus of much new work, largely sparked by the publication of the accretionary prism model of McKerrow et al. (1977, see also Leggett et al. 1979) and greatly enhanced by the British Geological Survey Mapping Programme. Floyd (1996a) has rationalized the plethora of stratigraphical terms applied to the Ordovician of the Southern Uplands and identified the type sections of all the units which he has retained. His scheme is essentially followed herein (Table 1, Figs 21, 22).

The overall structure of the Southern Uplands has long been recognized to be a series of fault-bounded slices striking NE–SW with the succession in each slice mostly younging northwestwards but across the terrane multiple fault repetitions generally bring in progressively younger strata towards the SE of the region (Rushton et al. 1996a). The Southern Uplands is bounded to the north by the Southern Upland Fault except southwestwards where the Stinchar Valley Fault and, locally, the older Pyet Thrust mark the structural boundary (see Floyd 1994). Peach & Horne (1899) divided the area into the Northern, Central and Southern belts; broad divisions which still have considerable value.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

A revised correlation of Ordovician Rocks in the British Isles

R. A. Fortey
R. A. Fortey
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D. A. T. Harpe
D. A. T. Harpe
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J. K. Ingham
J. K. Ingham
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A. W Owen
A. W Owen
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M. A. Parkes
M. A. Parkes
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A. W. A. Rushton
A. W. A. Rushton
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N. H. Woodcock
N. H. Woodcock
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Geological Society of London
Volume
24
ISBN electronic:
9781862396920
Publication date:
January 01, 2000

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