Category Archives: Scotland

Dalradian – a Celtic Supergroup

Geology is such a great thing to study because it involves making so many connections through time and space, switching scales from the cosmic to the atomic. This means that challenge for this series of posts about the geology of … Continue reading

Categories: Ireland, Scotland, sediments, tectonics

A bit of Scotland in an English playground

There is a park near my home that my children like. As is the way of things, this means I stand around it a lot, ready to rub bruised knees or produce biscuits or push ‘faster!’, but otherwise redundant. My … Continue reading

Categories: England, Glacial, Scotland

Mantle support of topography – a swell idea

Why are some bits of the earth higher than others? Finding mountains near plate boundaries is easy to explain – various forms of plate collision cause the crust to thicken and the surface to rise. What about Southern Africa? Reaching … Continue reading

Categories: England, mountains, Scotland, sediments, tectonics

The biggest pile of sand the world has ever seen

The Moine, a set of sedimentary rocks found in furthest north-west Scotland have enjoyed at least three cycles of metamorphism and deformation. My only sample from here is a migmatitic gneiss, so when I heard about people studying sedimentology in … Continue reading

Categories: metamorphism, Scotland, sediments