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Igneous Rocks of South-West England (Geological Conservation Review Series No. 5) 1993


Volume 5 of the Geological Conservation Review series, Igneous Rocks of South-West England, describes the lavas, granites and associated rocks of Devon and Cornwall, which were formed throughout a major mountain-building episode, between 450–270 million years ago, and have shaped the economic growth of the region. South-west England has been renowned for centuries for both the splendour of its scenery and the richness of its mineral resources, ranging from tin to china clay and building stones. Both aspects owe much to the igneous rocks which characterize the area, the scientific study of which has provided not only a body of regional knowledge, but has helped to build an understanding of the development of the Variscan fold belt of northern Europe and granite evolution in general.

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 – The Igneous rocks of south-west England
  • Chapter 2 – Geological framework
  • Chapter 3 – Lizard and Start Complexes (Group A sites)
  • Chapter 4 – Pre-orogenic volcanics (Group B sites)
  • Chapter 5 – Cornubian granite batholith (Group C sites)
  • Chapter 6 – Post-orogenic volcanics (Group D sites)
  • References, Glossary 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··

Floyd, P.A., Exley, C.S. & Styles, M.T. 1993. Igneous Rocks of South-west England, Geological Conservation Review Series No. 5. JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 0 412 48850 7.

Volume 5 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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