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Precambrian rocks in Britain and Ireland: an overview

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W. Gibbons
W. Gibbons
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Department of Geology, University of Wales, Cardiff, CF1 3YE
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A. L. Harris
A. L. Harris
2
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L693BX
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Published:
January 01, 1994

Abstract

A remarkable range of Precambrian rocks forms the basement geology to Britain and Ireland. This basement is exposed widely from the Shetland Isles to the Channel Islands and from central England to the west coast of Ireland (Figs 1 & 2). The best and most extensive exposed outcrops occur across the highlands and islands of Scotland, with other notable occurrences in north and west Ireland, northwest Wales, and the Channel Islands. Elsewhere, smaller outcrops of Pre-cambrian basement emerge from beneath a Phanerozoic cover as scattered inliers running broadly west from central England through the Welsh Borderland to southwest Wales and southeast Ireland (Fig. 1). Large areas where Precambrian rocks have little or no outcrop include southern Scotland, northern and southern England, central Wales, and much of central, eastern and southern Ireland.

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Geological Society, London, Special Reports

A revised correlation of Pre-Cambrian rocks in the British Isles

W. Gibbons
W. Gibbons
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A. L. Harris
A. L. Harris
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Geological Society of London
Volume
22
ISBN electronic:
9781786202857
Publication date:
January 01, 1994

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