British Tertiary Volcanic Province
This volume deals with the excellently exposed rocks of the British Tertiary Volcanic Province on the west coast of Scotland.
About 50–60 million
years ago a line of volcanoes was formed in response to the
separation of the British Isles from Greenland during the formation
of the North Atlantic. Since that time, rain, snow and the action
of the sea have reduced the volcanoes to their roots, exposing
their complex plumbing. Many of the historical accounts of the
ancient volcanic complexes, the associated lava fields and the
far-flung dyke-swarms have become classics of igneous petrology.
Indeed, the Province includes many places where some of the
fundamental principles of igneous petrology were established.
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259 pages, illustrations, A4 hardback
ISBN 0 41247 980 7
Please cite as: Emeleus, C.H. & Gyopari, M.C. (1992) British Tertiary Volcanic Province, Geological Conservation Review Series, No. 4, Chapman and Hall, London, 259 pp.