British Tertiary Stratigraphy
(1999)
GCR Volume No. 15
Daley, B. & Balson, P.
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.

Summary

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 environments.
 
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.