Nature 15, 137-138 (14 December 1876) | doi:10.1038/015137b0

The Rocks of Charnwood Forest



MAY I be allowed a short space in reply to Prof. Hull’s courteous reference to my letter on the Charnwood rocks, for I fear that I have failed to make two points in that sufficiently clear? One was, that as the Borrowdale series of the Lake District and the (Lower) Cambrian series of North Wales are equally azoic, no correspondence in time with the latter could be inferred for the azoic Charnwood rocks. The argument from absence of fossils surely tells as much one way as the other; indeed, having regard to the similar petrological conditions of the Borrowdale and Charnwood rocks, I think it is slightly in favour of their correspondence. The other point was, that as Prof. Sedgwick’s term Cambrian included the Cambrian and Lower Silurian of the survey, his authority could not be quoted in favour of the (Lower) Cambrian age of the Charnwood rocks any more than of their correspondence with the Borrowdale series, unless it could be shown (I am not aware that it can) that he had definitely correlated them with (Lower) Cambrian beds.