The geological map of Britain has, over the decades, obtained iconic stature; one can visit geological institutions and departments the world over and see the UK bedrock map gracing hallways, lecture rooms and offices. This, the 5th edition of the Bedrock Geology of the UK, will no doubt replace those faded, older versions.

Keeping with tradition, the bedrock map is split into two, with a pleasing amount of overlap (about 50 km or so) between the northern and southern halves. Accompanying each map is a softbound, but sturdy, explanatory booklet with chapters organized by geological time. The booklets are succinctly...

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