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Quaternary of Scotland (Geological Conservation Review Series No. 6) 1993


Volume 6 of the Geological Conservation Review series, the Quaternary of Scotland, describes the geomorphological heritage of Scotland, offering an account of how the natural environment responded to severe climatic change as the Quaternary era progressed over the last 2 million years.

This legacy, as preserved in the 138 nationally important GCR sites described, documents a remarkable diversity of landforms in a relatively small area. The rugged highland contrast with the rolling hills and flat plains found further south, while the western and northern islands, together with the highly indented coastline add further to the scenic diversity. How this variety of landscapes came into being, the forces which shaped it, and the climatic extremes which drove it, are the themes explored in this volume.

The contents of the volume include:

  • Prelims – including an introduction to the Geological Conservation Review (GCR) and the list of sites discussed in the volume.
  • Chapter 1 – Introduction
  • Chapter 2 – The Quaternary in Scotland
  • Chapter 3 – The Shetland Islands
  • Chapter 4 – The Orkney Islands
  • Chapter 5 – Caithness
  • Chapter 6 – North-west Highlands
  • Chapter 7 – Inverness area
  • Chapter 8 – North-east Scotland
  • Chapter 9 – Eastern Grampian Mountains
  • Chapter 10 – South-west Highlands
  • Chapter 11 – Inner Hebrides
  • Chapter 12 – Outer Hebrides
  • Chapter 13 – Western Highland Boundary
  • Chapter 14 – Eastern Highland Boundary
  • Chapter 15 – Fife and lower Tay
  • Chapter 16 – Western Central Lowlands
  • Chapter 17 – Lothians and Borders
  • Chapter 18 – South-west Scotland
  • References and index

Please note: this volume has been produced from a scan of an original document. You may therefore experience fluctuations in quality.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1993··

Gordon, J.E. and Sutherland, D.G. 1993. Quaternary of Scotland. Geological Conservation Review Series No. 6. JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 0 412 48840 X.

Volume 6 of the Geological Conservation Review series.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2022·03·07

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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