Category Archives: mountains

The Himalaya: mountains made from mountains

Good building stones get reused. Sometimes the only traces of very old buildings are their stones, built into more modern ones. It’s the same with rocks and mountain belts. Stone that now forms parts of the Himalaya was once part … Continue reading

Categories: geochemistry, Himalaya, metamorphism, mountains, open access, tectonics

Andalucia: a history of stuff

Andalucia is a province in Spain, at the far south west of Europe. Its long and varied human history has seen it linked to the middle East, north Africa and the Americas. The creation of these links brought new foods, … Continue reading

Categories: History, mountains, subduction, tectonics

Telling stories about Irish Geology

I clearly remember the most important moment of my geological career. I was resting my back on a glacially-polished wall of gabbro, my feet in an Irish bog, talking to myself in the sunshine.¬†As a young man with bushy hair … Continue reading

Categories: Ireland, metamorphism, mountains, tectonics

The Grampian / Taconic orogeny in Ireland – when arcs attack

Ever since the plate tectonic paradigm-shift of the 1960s, geologists have strived to understand ancient rocks in terms of the movements of plates. The geology of north-western Ireland can be explained by what happened when a subduction zone ran out … Continue reading

Categories: Ireland, metamorphism, mountains, subduction, tectonics