Notes on the Post-Glacial Geology of the Country Around Southport


SINCE the writer carried out the geological survey of the western coast of Lancashire in 1868 he has constantly been asked, “Is there any geology to be studied at Southport? Is not the country a sandy expanse fringing peat-mosses of ceaseless monotony?” The meeting of the British Association this week at Southport renders this a fitting time to reply to these questions; for, strange as it may appear, in these apparently unpromising surroundings exists a record of the complete sequence of events from the commencement of the Glacial episode down to the present time. The sand dunes, rising to 50 and even 80 feet in height, that form so prominent a feature between Liverpool and Southport, rest upon a wedge-shaped mass of sand blown from the coast by westerly winds over the thick peat-mosses that intervene between the coast and the rising ground about Ormskirk; the surface of the Glacial beds, with the overlying deposits, dip steadily towards the sea, and fragments of peat are frequently trawled up by the fishermen.

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DE RANGE, C. Notes on the Post-Glacial Geology of the Country Around Southport . Nature 28, 490–491 (1883).

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