A comparison of the Oxfordian successions of Dorset, Oxfordshire and Yorkshire

Coe, A. L. (1995). A comparison of the Oxfordian successions of Dorset, Oxfordshire and Yorkshire. In: Taylor, P. D. ed. Field Geology of the British Jurassic. GSL Miscellaneous Titles. London, U.K.: The Geological Society, London, pp. 151–172.

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The Jurassic has enormous academic and economic importance, especially in Britain. William Smith formulated his seminal idea of identifying strata by the fossils they contained through working in areas of southern England dominated by Jurassic rocks. The Jurassic was the subject of German geologist Oppel's pioneering work on the ammonite zonation, the basis of modern macro-fossil biostratigraphy which for precision still has few equals elsewhere in the stratigraphical column. Variations in sedimentary facies, the finely resolved stratigraphy and an emerging appreciation of the structural controls on sedimentation have combined to make the Jurassic in Britain a key 'training ground' for geologists. While the British Jurassic has always been important as a source of building materials, the discovery and exploitation of North Sea oil has eclipsed other economic concerns in recent years and has made the contiguous onshore areas of Yorkshire and Scotland particularly crucial in understanding facies relationships relevant to oil exploration.

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