It is clear from the outset of this volume that this is a process-oriented book and ten authors augment the editors’ major contributions. Absence of references from the text makes reading easy; there are references and a ‘Further Reading’ section at the end of each chapter, the latter often duplicating references. There are abundant diagrams and maps and pricing below £30 makes it accessible to the undergraduate market.

The introductory chapters provide a succinct summary of stratigraphical procedures and practice and the geological framework of Britain. The following section on the northern margin of the Iapetus Ocean from the Archaean...

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