Precambrian rocks in Britain and Ireland: an overview
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.
Figures & Tables
This second and completely revised edition of Special Report No. 6 provides a comprehensive review and report of work earned out since 1975. It emphasizes the relationship between, and the correlation of, the units in to which the Precambrian rocks of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands have been divided The chapters also provide a comprehensive bibliography of the work on which the correlations have been based.