Between about two hundred and one hundred and fifty years ago, pioneering workers in Britain and Ireland laid the foundations of historical geology. It is good, therefore, at the start of the twenty-first century, to see a new summary of the geology of these islands.

This very welcome book deals with the geology of the British Isles exactly as stated in the title, i.e. in terms of their geological history. Either of two options could have been taken: a purely stratigraphic one, or one based on the geological evolution of these islands. The latter approach is taken here. Due to...

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