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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2003
This book covers the stratigraphy in the rocks around Britain and Ireland. It goes through each time period and simply but effectivly explains the various rocks present and how we can tell the palaeoenvironment from this. This is an essential textbook for people studying geology at university.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2013
The first edition has been my favourite geology book. When I first got it, I found it hard to put down. I have often turned back to it when having difficulty grasping the detail in other texts. I think its descriptions are easier to understand because they are set in the context of geological history - it helps to keep hold of the big picture.

So why get the new edition ? The geology is debatable in parts of the country that interest me most. Things I was reading suggested that some issues there had been resolved since the first edition. Indeed they have, so I am pleased to have the new edition. I like the new features such as the Boxes (eg on Snowball Earth) and the colour plates. There is more new information than I was expecting. Most important to an amateur like me it is still a most enjoyable read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 14 May 2010
I'm studying geology at University and needed to find a book which contained specifically, the British geological history. It turned out to be a great book, describing tectonic movements in the Earth's history and explains about how Britain has sedimentary deposits which are found in tropical settings and why the British isles has such an extensive variety of geology. For example some of the planets oldest rocks can be found in Scotland, and carbonate deposits which usually form in warm shallow waters close to the equator, are found in South Wales. A great book whether you're studying geology and related studies, or just interested in how the British Isles formed to be this group islands it is today.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2010
I have recently started a university course in geology/geography with no previous geology. This book has a beginner to immediate level of knowledge which has allowed me to get a strong background on the UK geology before essays and exams.

The explanation of each geology time a basin of the UK EG (carboniferous, Scottish basin) makes learning regional difference really easy. Though there is a lot of over information for first year i expect this will become relevant in later years of the degree. I Think the use of diagrams to give a spatial awareness of the geological basins a great help.

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Great starting place to learn geology of Uk
I would say it can be used for 1st and 2nd year of university
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2013
This book is a most useful overview, with considerable detail, of British Isles and Ireland geological history. Suitable for review, independent study, or use as subsidiary undergraduate 'text'.
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on 11 November 2013
Having attained my geoscience degree I felt that my understanding of the geology of the British Isles was not at a level that I would have desired. Having read this book I discovered that I had covered most periods but I had not 'joined the dots'. This book pulled all those pieces of information together in a single, understandable narrative.
Whilst not a book for an absolute novice it is thoroughly recommended.
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on 5 August 2015
Thank you for the possibility to learn the history of the formation of the island of Britain. The book is excellent, in a new, excellent state!
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on 12 September 2014
This should be considered as the bible for undergrad geology students studying in the UK. Love it!
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on 23 October 2014
Very informative and easy to read
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Very comprehensive
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