The geomorphology of the Ochil Hills

Soons, Jane M (1958) The geomorphology of the Ochil Hills. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The Ochil Hills, running northeastwards from the Forth at Stirling, to Tentsmuir on the North Sea coast, are the most Impressive and most extensive of the several uplands which diversify the Central Lowlands of Scotland (Fig. 1). Separating Strathmore from the coalfields and agricultural lowlands of Clackmannan, Kinross and Fife, for much of their length they offer a formidable barrier to north-south communications, only two really good roads crossing them in a distance of some twenty-five miles. In the west, the hills rise from the flat, near sea-level carselands of the Devon in one of the most magnificent escarpments in Britain, reaching heights of 1,600- 1700 ft. above sea-level in one unbroken slope (Photographs 1 and 2). In the east, beyond Glen Parg, they deteriorate into a "tail" of low, isolated hills: this area has not been included in the present study. The width of the range varies, from ten miles in the west, to less than five in the east. In the west are the highest summits, culminating in Bencleuch at 2,363 ft. O.D., and enclosing the deep valley of Glen Devon. Further east, although the Water of May occupies a deep, longitudinal valley, there is no development of an independent drainage system comparable to that of the Devon and its tributaries, and the hills became a relatively simple divide between drainage to the Earn and to the Firth of Forth.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: R Common
Keywords: Geomorphology, Geology
Date of Award: 1958
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1958-73597
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2019 08:56
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2019 08:56
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/73597

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