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The Glacial Geomorphology Around Inverness and the Great Glen

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Superimposed on ancient landscape elements, the Inverness region includes a palimpsest of subglacial landforms formed during successive Late Devensian ice movements. It contains a particularly rich and diverse set of sediments and landforms created close to retreating glacier margins, together with the legacy of a major oscillating tidewater outlet glacier. At least five phases of glaciation have been recognised, although they remain poorly constrained temporally. The region includes well-documented buried glacial rafts of arctic shelly clay, two internationally important localities where organic deposits pre-date the last ice sheet, and a good geomorphological record of Late Devensian and Holocene relative sea-level change.

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The authors thank their colleagues Craig Woodward and Callum Ritchie for cartographic assistance and publish with the permission of the Executive Director of the British Geological Survey (UKRI).

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Merritt, J.W., Auton, C.A. (2021). The Glacial Geomorphology Around Inverness and the Great Glen. In: Ballantyne, C.K., Gordon, J.E. (eds) Landscapes and Landforms of Scotland. World Geomorphological Landscapes. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-71246-4_15

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