With Death of an Ocean Professors Clarkson and Upton follow the format established in their well-received Edinburgh Rock of 2006. The titular ocean is Iapetus, the Early Palaeozoic opening and closing of which provide the background drama to the geological story of the Scottish Borders. In point of fact, only about the first two-thirds of the book is concerned with Iapetus, the remainder carrying the story forward through the Late Palaeozoic and on to the Quaternary glaciation and its fundamental effects on the Borders landscape. The authors set themselves no mean task in setting out to document and explain this...

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