Category Archives: tectonics

Speed of metamorphism: heating up

Published in the 1830s, Charles Lyell’s ‘Principles of Geology‘ is one of the founding texts of the subject. Part of a generation of Geologists who broke free of Biblical interpretations of the natural world, Lyell was working in an intellectual … Continue reading

Categories: metamorphism, mountains, tectonics

The many metamorphoses of the Moine

In a companion post I introduced you to a metamorphic rock with an apparently simple history. Using traditional geological techniques on this single outcrop can’t reveal the full history of the area, so this post will attempt summarise the latest research. In … Continue reading

Categories: metamorphism, mountains, Scotland, tectonics

The deceptive simplicity of a metamorphic rock

I’d like to introduce you to a rock. Pretty isn’t it? The white crystals caught my eye, as they did that of three different geologists of the British Geological Survey, who between them collected 5 different samples from the same … Continue reading

Categories: metamorphism, Scotland, tectonics

Beyond plate tectonics

Plate tectonics is the core unifying concept that has underpinned our understanding of the solid earth for over 50 years. To describe your research as moving “beyond plate tectonics” is quite a claim, but Trond Torsvik and the group he leads … Continue reading

Categories: Deep earth, diamonds, subduction, tectonics