This, the latest addition to the ‘new look’ BGS regional handbooks, is the long-awaited replacement for the 3rd edition of The Tertiary Volcanic Districts(1961). During the intervening period there have been so many advances in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics and geology in general that this edition bears only the most superficial resemblance to it predecessors. Although there has been no systematic resurvey of the Palaeogene volcanic districts by British Geological Survey staff since the 1930s, the pioneering work of such giants of geology as, Alfred Harker, J.E. Richey and their contemporaries prepared the ground for the major expansion of...

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