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Igneous Rocks of South-West England

This volume illustrates some of the significant aspects of magmatic activity from Devonian (408 million years ago) to early Permian (270 million years ago) times in SW England. This period covers the progressive development of the Variscan mountain building episode, from initial basin formation to final deformation and the subsequent development of a fold mountain belt - the Variscan Orogen. Both extrusive (volcanic) and intrusive (plutonic) rocks are found in the Orogen and chart the various stages of its magmatic development. The sites described in this volume are key localities selected for conservation because they are representative of the magmatic history of the Orogen from initiation to stabilization. Some of the earliest volcanic activity in the Devonian is represented by submarine basaltic and rhyolitic lavas developed in subsiding basins, caused by the attenuation of the existing continental crust. In some cases, extensive rifting and attendant magmatism produced narrow zones of true oceanic crust, whereas elsewhere basaltic volcanism is related to fractures in the continental crust at the margins of the basins. After the filling of the sedimentary basins, and their deformation caused by crustal shortening (late Carboniferous period), further activity is manifested by the emplacement of the Cornubian granites and later minor basaltic volcanism in the early Permian.
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Preface. Acknowledgements. Information. Introduction and site synthesis. Geological framework. The regional setting - Variscan orogen. The local setting - Rhenohercynian zone of south-west England. Devonian volcanic activity. Lizard and west Cornwall region; Central south-west England region. Carboniferous volcanic activity. Carboniferous-Permian plutonic activity. Post-orogenic volcanic activity. Lamprophyre suite; Exeter Volcanic 'Series'; Rhyolitic lava group. Group A sites - Lizard and Start complexes. List of sites. Lithological and chemical variation. Lizard Point; Kennack Sands; Polbarrow - The Balk; Kynance Cove; Coverack Cove - Dolor Point; Porthoustock Point; Porthallow Cove - Porthkerris Cove; Lankidden; Mullion Island; Elender Cove - Black Cove; Prawle Point. Group B sites - Pre-orogenic volcanics List of sites. Lithological and chemical variation. Porthleven; Cudden Point - Prussia Cove; Penlee Point; Carrick Du - Clodgy Point; Gurnards Head; Botallack Head - Porth Ledden; Tater-du; Pentire Point - Rumps Point; Chipley quarries; Dinas Head - Trevose Head; Trevone Bay; Clicker Tor quarry; Polyphant; Tintagel Head - Bossiney Haven; Brent Tor; Greystone quarry; Pitts Cleave quarry; Trusham quarry; Ryecroft quarry. Group C Sites - Cornubian granite batholith. List of sites. Lithological and chemical variation. Haytor Rocks area; Birch Tor; De Lank quarries; Luxulyan quarry; Leusdon Common; Burrator quarries; Rinsey Cove (Porthcew); Cape Cornwall area; Porthmeor Cove; Wheal Martyn; Carn Grey Rock and quarry; Tregargus quarries; St Mewan Beacon; Roche Rock; Megiliggar Rocks; Meldon Aplite quarries; Praa Sands (Folly Rocks); Cameron (Beacon) quarry; Cligga Head area. Group D sites - Post-orogenic volcanics. List of sites. Lithological and chemical variation. Kingsand beach; Webberton Cross quarry; Postbury Clump quarry; Hannaborough quarry; Killerton Park. References. Glossary. Index.

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The authors have done an excellent job of describing the sites and explaining their significance. They provide an up-to-date bibliography for the specialist reader and a glossary for the non-specialist. This volume is beautifully produced and very well illustrated... This review will be of lasting value and many geologists who know the region will want to own a copy... - Mineralogical Magazine; Detailed description of the sites is straightforward and didactically presented: high-lights, introduction, description, interpretation and conclusion. This scheme, followed throughout the book, is an excellent and useful idea...straightforward and clear explanations of sites and geologic problems presented make this book an excellent companion for field use - Lithos; a detailed listing of the most 'significant' igneous localities in Devon and Cornwall...excellently presented...of the highest quality. Serious libraries of geology will want copies - Geological Magazine; provides a wealth of geological data in an easily accessible format...highly readable accounts of the geology at a locality and regional level which would act as a starting point for deeper research...I would strongly recommend that all tertiary teaching institutions in Great Britain with a geology course consider purchase of the volume for their libraries - Lithos; this volume constitutes a good background for all the visitors of the south-west England who desire a general view of the Hercynian history of this area or to prepare a geological field-trip in this region - Earth-Science Reviews

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