By I. E. S. Edwards, C. J. Gadd, N. G. L. Hammond

ISBN-10: 0521070511

ISBN-13: 9780521070515

The current quantity starts with an account of what's identified concerning the remotest geological a long time and includes chapters at the other kinds of facts referring to guy and his actual setting as much as the top of the Predynastic interval in Egypt and the parallel phases of improvement in Mesopotamia, Persia, Anatolia, Palestine, Cyprus, Greece and the Islands. to track the historical past of those very early instances it will be important to depend mainly on fabric is still, when you consider that writing had no longer then been invented. The textual content deals a environment opposed to which the cultural growth of the ancient epoch should be considered. Archaeological research can be anticipated to convey to gentle extra proof to fill the various current gaps in our wisdom, yet already it's transparent that the gulf among historic and prehistorical occasions in a lot of the traditional international is narrower than was meant.

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L. C. King's reconstruction1 of the Mesozoic positions of North Africa, Arabia and India shows the two former to have lain in much their present latitudes. Very little sediment seems to have reached the Tethys from either area and it seems reasonable to suppose that both were essentially hot arid lowlands. Organic limestones make up most of the succession, especially in the later Cretaceous and Eocene periods. Limestones were important also on the Eurasian side, and particularly thick sequences characterize the Trias and Rhaetic of the Alps (the Dolomites, Julian Alps, Bavarian Alps and Salzkammergut), and the Jurassic and Cretaceous of Dalmatia (the Velebit Mountains and high karstic plateaux), and parts of the Apennines.

Studer, who called them by a local v/ovdflysch,said to mean 'slippery earth'. Later they were recognized as important in the Carpathians and Apennines and elsewhere and it was accepted that the onset of 1 §H, 2, fig. 20. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 H THE GEOLOGICAL AGES sedimentation oiflysch type occurred at different times in different regions. In the Carpathians it begins in the Lower Cretaceous, elsewhere usually in the Upper Cretaceous, but in some areas not till Eocene times.

Such assemblages are known in the Argille Scagli1 §n, 2, 261. 2 §111, 2, 29. 3 See Map 1, p. 760. 4 §iv, 1; §iv, 5. Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 TETHYS AND MID-WORLD FOLD BELT 13 ose of the northern Apennines, in the schistes lustres of the Pennine Alps, in the Pindus Mountains, in the Zagros Mountains of Iran and elsewhere. Nowhere are such beds seen in their original form or with their original relationships, and room for doubt about their interpretation is bound to exist.

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