British Tertiary Stratigraphy
GCR Volume No. 15
This volume provides descriptions and a scientific evaluation and interpretation of those Tertiary sites assigned SSSI status on the grounds of their stratigraphical importance and value in palaeoenvironmental, palaeogeographical and palaeoclimatological interpretation.
Although knowledge of the Tertiary geology of the British area
has been revolutionised by offshore discoveries arising from a
search for oil and gas, the scientific importance and research
potential of the onshore sites remains undiminished. Such sites
have provided and continue to provide a wealth of data which, with
information derived from the offshore record, facilitate an
understanding of the geography and palaeoenvironmental conditions
in the British area in Tertiary times.
This volume provides descriptions and a scientific evaluation
and interpretation of those Tertiary sites assigned SSSI status on
the grounds of their stratigraphical importance and value in
palaeoenvironmental, palaeogeographical and palaeoclimatological
interpretation. Thirty four Palaeogene sites are described, ranging
in age from late Palaeocene to early Oligocene. Some are the most
stratigraphically extensive of Tertiary sites in western Europe and
individually provide a record extending over millions of years. By
contrast, the smaller sites may represent a unique environment or
biota. The 24 Neogene sites described are restricted
stratigraphically and geographically but together constitute a
network providing a key insight into British Neogene
This volume will be an important reference for researchers and
students of geology, as well as for civil and environmental
engineers, companies concerned with the extraction of geological
resources and planning and conservation authorities.
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388 pages, illustrations, A4 hardback
ISBN 1 86107 469 7
Please cite as: Daley, B. & Balson, P. (1999) British Tertiary Stratigraphy, Geological Conservation Review Series, No. 15, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough, 388 pp.