Covers the diverse suite of carbonate rocks known collectively as the Magnesian Limestone, that was formed near the margins of shallow tropical seas during the last 5 or 6 million years of the Permian Period. These unique rocks have been studied for more than 160 years but the Magnesian Limestone still retains many of its secrets. The rocks in the 28 localities described in this volume have been designated as worthy of special protection and are mainly types of limestone and dolomite. The greatly varied character of these indicates formation in a complex mosaic of tropical, shallow-water marine sub-environments. Their formation and regional settings provide an insight into the geological events that shaped the environment that we experience today.
"No better choice of author could have been made. These rocks have been the central focus of Dr Denys Smith's career, with publications spanning some forty years; his knowledge of the UK exposures is encyclopaedic ... The book amply fulfils its objectives, and will be required for those concerned with the choice of sites for preservation. It will also be invaluable to anyone wishing to locate the best sites for studying particular aspects of rocks ... This is a beautifully presented book ... The quality covers, binding and paper ... and clearly written text, together with some fine illustrations, make it a pleasure to open and refer to"
- Geological Magazine
"Marine Permian of England is a catalogue of detailed locality descriptions that will provide an invaluable reference for anyone planning to visit or lead a trip to these fascinating carbonate rocks."
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