Synthesis of the Caledonian Rocks of Britain

  • D. J. Fettes
  • A. L. Harris

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 175)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. R. E. Bevins, W. Gibbons, A. L. Harris, G. Kelling
    Pages 1-27
  3. M. G. Bassett, R. E. Bevins, W. Gibbons, M. F. Howells
    Pages 29-75
  4. G. Kelling, W. S. McKerrow, P. Stone
    Pages 77-111
  5. A. L. Harris, D. J. Fettes, W. G. Henderson, J. L. Roberts, J. E. Treagus, A. J. Barber et al.
    Pages 113-185
  6. W. S. McKerrow
    Pages 207-220
  7. M. P. Coward
    Pages 259-280
  8. D J Fettes, A L Harris, L M Hall
    Pages 303-334
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 335-350

About this book


The Advanced Science Institute on which this publication is based took the somewhat unusual form of a geological field symposium held during late August 1984. It was designed to demonstrate to experienced earth scientists from the North Atlantic area the full range of geological phenomena encountered in the British Caledonian rocks. The ASl travelled from South Wales to the far northwest of Scotland by the route shown on the map and in doing so examined sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks from Pembrokeshire (Dyfed), Cardigan (Ceridigian), Snowdonia, Anglesey, the English Lake District and the Southern Uplands and Highlands of Scotland. Thus the fifty or so participants in the ASl studied the geological history and major structures of rocks exposed on either side of the supposed Lower Palaeozoic Iapetus Ocean the British sector of which closed to the south of the present Southern Uplands. Wales (1-5) afforded insight into the nature of the late Precambrian basement of England and Wales and the relationship of sedimentary and volcanic cover sequences to this basement. The Ordovician sequence in Wales is a sample of the volcanic rocks typical of a marginal basin, and were examined in Pembrokeshire and Snowdonia. The English Lake District (6) displays rocks from an island arc also of Ordovician age.


Cambrian Ordovician Paleozoic Snow fault geology geophysics history map ocean orogenic belt orogeny sediment volcanic rock

Editors and affiliations

  • D. J. Fettes
    • 1
  • A. L. Harris
    • 2
  1. 1.British Geological SurveyEdinburghUK
  2. 2.Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8568-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4654-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-2185
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