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The Main Post-Glacial Raised Shoreline of Western Scotland from the Firth of Lorne to Loch Broom

S. B. McCann
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
No. 39, Special Number on the Vertical Displacement of Shorelines in Highland Britain (Oct., 1966), pp. 87-99
DOI: 10.2307/621678
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/621678
Page Count: 13
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The Main Post-Glacial Raised Shoreline of Western Scotland from the Firth of Lorne to Loch Broom
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Abstract

Post-glacial raised shoreline features in western Scotland, between the Firth of Lorne and Loch Broom, are described in general terms and the author concludes that it is possible to recognize throughout the area a single main Post-glacial raised shoreline--the 25-foot raised beach of the literature. Detailed height measurements indicate that the shoreline declines in height in all westerly directions away from Loch Linnhe. The amount of erosion of solid rock associated with the formation of the Post-glacial shoreline was nowhere very considerable and decreases towards the north-west. The well-developed rock platform associated with the shoreline in the Firth of Lorne-Loch Linnhe area must be regarded as a much older feature inherited by the Post-glacial sea at something like its maximum level.

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