Until recently the Manx Slates of the Isle of Man might fairly have been argued to be one of the very few remaining ‘frontier’ areas in the geology of the British Isles, largely neglected for almost 100 years save for one heroic singlehanded effort about 35 years ago which predated the impact of plate tectonics and modern sedimentology. Scope for progress was thus huge and has been fully realised with this documentation of the results of focused multidisciplinary attack by collaborative teams in the period 1995–8.

After an editorial introduction and a very useful historical review of previous research, the...

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