HC Deb 16 May 1961 vol 640 c1097
31. Mr. John Page

asked the Parliamentary Secretary for Science what part the Geological Survey and Museum is playing in the preparation of the pro posed tectonic map of the world; and what progress has so far been made in the construction of this map.

Mr. Denzil Freeth

The tectonic map of the United Kingdom has been prepared by the Geological Survey as part of a co-operative scheme for a tectonic map of Europe, which it is hoped will in due course form part of a similar map of the world.

Mr. Scott-Hopkins

Can my hon. Friend tell the House what the word "tectonic" means?

Mr. Freeth

A tectonic map portrays major deformations and dislocations which have affected the rocks since their formation, changes resulting from earth movements, and what I am informed is called volcanicity.