Scientific editing by Mike Hambrey.

D. A. G. Nowell writes: The discovery by Velegrakis et al. (1999) of buried offshore channels in Poole and Christchurch Bays, some of which cut the line of the Purbeck–Isle of Wight monocline, is a most welcome development. However, the implications of this in terms of the evolution of the Solent River and detachment history of the Isle of Wight from the mainland have not been fully developed, as the authors have ignored both the detailed offshore maps of the area (,BGS 1990, 1995) and the likely effect of faulting along the length...

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