Continental Tectonics and Mountain Building: The Legacy of Peach and Horne - Special Publication 335 (Geological Society Special Publication)

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The worlds mountain ranges are the clearest manifestations of long-term deformation of the continental crust. As such they have attracted geological investigations for centuries. Throughout this long history of research a few keynote publications stand out. One of the most important is the Geological Surveys 1907 Memoir on The Geological Structure of the North-West Highlands of Scotland. The Memoir summarized some of the Geological Survey's finest work, and outlined many of the principles of field-based structural and tectonic analysis that have subsequently guided generations of geologists working in other mountain belts, both ancient and modern. The thematic set of 32 papers in this Special Publication celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1907 Memoir by placing the original findings in both historical and modern contexts, and juxtaposing them against present-day studies of deformation processes operating not only in the NW Highlands, but also in other mountain belts.

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From the front cover illustration through the ensuing 846 pages of text this Special Publication is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of the 1907 Survey Memoir on The Geological Structure of the NW Highlands of Scotland by Peach and others. Weighing at 1.9 kg, it makes a hefty statement on your bookshelf (or in the future, megabytes of pdf download), comprising some 32 research and historical review papers written by 74 geoscientists who collectively acknowledge the tremendous contribution of the late nineteenth-century geological pioneers, Ben Peach and John Horne and co-workers.

This is a volume aimed at the academic reader and, for many, will be something to dip in and out of.......

The compilers are to be congratulated. Co-ordinating the paper production and 48 referees involved must have been a labour of dedication and patience. For a text that celebrates the importance of field observation, the illustrations are a key element and with one or two minor disappointments for example, in a paper by S. White - the field shots and diagrams are first rate (e.g. Alsop et al.; Viola & Henderson). However, the inconsistent use of colour in the photomicrographs is frustrating at times.

Picking up this book may look and feel like a daunting challenge, but for any geologist interested in understanding the evolution of mountain belts it is an invaluable reference work delivering deeper insights with each visit. --Martin Smith British Geological Survey, Edinburgh
Review featured in Scottish Journal of Geology V48 2012

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