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The Quaternary deposits of the Midlands of England provide an important link between the younger and shorter sequences of deposits in upland Britain with those of the longer largely non-glaciated record of lowland Southern England. Upland glaciation in Wales, the Pennines, the Lake District and Scotland built domes which allowed ice to coalesce and spread southwards across the English Midlands where the ice-sheets deposited extensive spreads of sediment. The thick ice-sheets of largely unconsolidated glacigenic sediment, together with the relatively easily erodible Mesozoic bedrock of Midland England, subsequently allowed extensive river systems to fashion successive ‘post-glacial’ landscapes.

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