Death of an Ocean: A Geological Borders Ballad
- 05 Dec 2013
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 210 pages - 234 x 156 x 17mm
These momentous events brought the essential building blocks of Scotland into their final positions. After attaining their maximum grandeur, the Caledonide mountains were progressively eroded to become shadows of their former glory; meanwhile, the unified tectonic plate on which Scotland sits proceeded to drift northwards. In so doing â€˜ancestral Scotlandâ€™ migrated from the southern hemisphere, across the equator to ultimately reach its present temperate position. The rocks of the Borders record much of the Palaeozoic history of the ocean closing, the building and subsequent breakdown of the mountains, as well as of the history of the deserts, rivers and forests that came and went on its northerly migration. This Borders story tells also of volcanoes large and small and how their existence is indelibly recorded in the Borders hills whilst the latest geological events to sculpt the Borders landscape were the Pleistocene ice-ages.
Written in the accessible style familiar to readers of the authorsâ€™ Edinburgh Rock this volume describes a differing geological history in Scotland. Intended for those wanting to learn more about the origins of a popular region it will also appeal to geologists on field trips and students of geology as the authors display their deep affection for and knowledge of the geology of the Scottish Borders.
'High standards are expected from Euan and Brian, who delighted us with Edinburgh Rock, The Geology of Lothian in 2006. Death of an Ocean lives up to these expectations. This excellent book is thoroughly readable and accessible as a popular geological guide, stuffed with golden nuggets of information gleaned from their combined experience - which totals over 100 years of fieldwork! Beautifully illustrated, with a good choice of colours, the book enhances the understanding of this fascinating area of Scotland. It is clearly organised and styled to appeal to a wide audience; geologists, amateur and professional and anyone interested in extending their scientific knowledge of the Borders.' Newsletter of the Palaeontological Association, 2012
'Death of an Ocean is an illuminating, entertaining and authoritative read for the non-specialist interested in the ancient geological history of Britain, and in the fundamental act of union between Scotland and England.' Nature Geoscience