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British Tertiary Volcanic Province (Geological Conservation Review Series No. 4) 1992


Volume 4 of the Geological Conservation Review series, British Tertiary Volcanic Province, 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.

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 to the British Tertiary Volcanic Province
  • Chapter 2 – The Isle of Skye
  • Chapter 3 – The Small Isles – Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna–Sanday
  • Chapter 4 – Ardnamurchan
  • Chapter 5 – Isle of Mull
  • Chapter 6 – Isle of Arran
  • Chapter 7 – Other Tertiary sites
  • References, Glossary & 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 1992··

Emeleus, C.H. & Gyopari, M.C. 1992. British Tertiary Volcanic Province, Geological Conservation Review Series No. 4. JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 0 412 47980 X.

Volume 4 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 2022·02·23

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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