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The Periglaciation of Great Britain


  • Date Published: October 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521310161

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  • A climate of arctic severity prevailed in Britain throughout much of the last two million years, resulting in the widespread formation of a great range of periglacial landforms and deposits. Many of these features provide key evidence for understanding the evolution of the present landscape and reconstructing former climate. Appreciation of the significance of periglacial deposits and structures is also important in many engineering operations and in understanding the development of present-day soils. This book, first published in 1994, provides a synthesis of theory in periglacial geomorphology and applies this to the study of periglacial phenomena in Great Britain. The first part of the book introduces the chronological and environmental background to periglaciation in Britain. The second and third parts deal respectively with the periglaciation of lowland Britain and upland Britain. The book concludes by considering the implications of periglacial phenomena for environmental reconstruction.

    •  Integrates theory with British examples
    • A valuable synthesis for advanced undergraduates and a useful reference for introductory courses
    • Well illustrated throughout
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    • Date Published: October 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521310161
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 280 x 210 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction and Context:
    1. Introduction
    2. Quaternary environmental change in Great Britain
    3. Periglacial environments
    Part II. The Periglaciation of Lowland Britain:
    4. Ice wedge casts and relict tundra polygons
    5. Ground ice depressions and related phenomena
    6. Active layer processes: cryoturbation and patterned ground
    7. Periglacial mass-wasting and slope evolution in lowland Britain
    8. Lowland landscape modification by fluvial and aeolian processes
    Part III. The Periglaciation of Up-Land Britain:
    9. Frost weathering and mountain-top detritus
    10. Patterned ground on British mountains
    11. Solifluction landforms in upland Britain
    12. Talus slopes and related landforms
    13. Nival, fluvial, aeolian and coastal features
    Part VI. Periglacial Environments:
    14. Past and present periglacial environments.

  • Authors

    Colin K. Ballantyne, University of St Andrews, Scotland

    Charles Harris, University of Wales College of Cardiff

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