Encyclopedia of the World's Coastal Landforms

2010 Edition
| Editors: Eric C. F. Bird

British Isles – Editorial Introduction

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8639-7_57

The coasts of the British Isles are considered severally in the following chapters:  England and Wales ( England and Wales Introduction,  Cumbria,  Lancashire,  Isle of Man,  North Wales,  West Wales,  South Wales,  Severn Estuary,  Gloucestershire, Somerset and North Devon,  North Cornwall,  Isles of Scilly,  South Cornwall,  South Devon,  Dorset,  Hampshire,  Isle of Wight,  Sussex,  Kent,  Essex,  Suffolk,  Norfolk,  Lincolnshire,  Yorkshire and Cleveland,  Durham, Tyne and Wear and  Northumberland ),  Scotland,  Northern Ireland, The Republic of  Ireland and the  Channel Islands.

Coastal Geology

A distinction was made by Mackinder (1902) between Highland and Lowland Britain, separated by a line drawn from the Exe estuary in South Devon to the Tees estuary on the North Sea coast. Highland Britain consists mainly of mountains and moorlands, dominated by Pre-Cambrian and Palaeozoic geological formations, Lowland Britain of escarpments and vales on Mesozoic, Tertiary and Quaternary...


Clay Sandstone Beach Gravel Holocene 
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