Category Archives: Scotland

A new paradigm for Barrovian metamorphism?

The phrase ‘new paradigm’ is a little shop-worn but it still catches the eye. To see it used in a “discussion and reply” on a dry-looking metamorphic petrology paper is really something unusual. Tracing through these articles really shows how … Continue reading

Categories: eclogites, metamorphism, mountains, Scotland, tectonics

BRITICE-CHRONO: death of an ice sheet

Using many different techniques, dozens of scientists are studying the death of an ice sheet that once covered Britain and Ireland. They want to understand the future fate of modern-day ice. The phrase “ice sheet” doesn’t do justice to our … Continue reading

Categories: England, Glacial, Ireland, Scotland

Traces of glacial ice and water

There’s an immediacy to the study of the Quaternary (the last few million years) that is rather seductive. Most geology is (after John McPhee) studying ‘the former world’ but the Quaternary is close enough in time that it is still … Continue reading

Categories: England, Glacial, landscape, Scotland

New Scottish Oil field discovered (470 million years too late)

Scottish oil is topical. Most of Britain’s oil and gas deposits sit under the seabed around Scotland but the revenues are shared with the whole of the United Kingdom. ┬áIf Scotland decides to become an independent state (there’s a vote … Continue reading

Categories: Scotland, sediments