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Theme: 'Our Restless Earth'
Thought rocks were boring? Think again! From zig zags and chevrons, to crumples and folds, to fault planes and melanges, these sites are some of the best places to see evidence of the power of geological forces in shaping our landscape.
The double fjords of Glencoul and Glendhu provide world-famous transects through the Moine Thrust Belt.
Lochaber, Highlands, Scotland
This site is located 4km west of Glenfinnan. The rocks here have been strongly deformed and some superb folding and pull-apart structures are clearly visible.
The coastal section through north Cornwall into Devon that runs to Bude and Hartland Point contains a spectacularly folded series of inter-bedded sandstones and shales originally deposited deeply under water.
The folds at South Stack are especially good for showing how smaller folds can form on the “backs” of larger ones – in a truly stunning display of structural geology.
Loch Monar - a playground for folding, especially polyphase folding. It was here in the 1950s that John Ramsay set up the protocols for describing these complex structures.
The cliff sections here – best visited at low-tide - are much used as a great and classic playground for looking at fold-thrust structures.
North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
The pseudotachylytes just outside Lochmaddy are amongst the most spectacular anywhere - presumed formed by ancient earthquakes on the Outer Isles Fault.
The cliff sections along the north Norfolk coast contain many spectacular examples of glacio-tectonic folds – especially near Cromer – although the state of these changes with the passage of each storm….
The deformed Jurassic sedimentary rocks at Kilve have become justly famous for providing micro-examples of faults and associated folds.
Clashach Cove, on the Moray coast, contains great outcrops of dune sandstones. These are fantastic outcrop analogues for conventional oil and gas reservoirs.
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