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Theme: 'Our Restless Earth'
Rock outcrops give us important information about geological structures, rock types and past processes. Good outcrops are key to geological mapping and understanding local geological history, and need to be protected from damage, for example as a result of irresponsible coring. This category contains some of the best!
North Yorkshire, England
Brimham rocks are balancing rock formations on Brimham Moor. Glaciation and erosion have carved them into amazing shapes!
Inner Hebrides, Scotland
These deposits are thought to support the 'Snowball Earth' hypothesis that the Earth’s surface became entirely or nearly entirely frozen earlier than 650 million years ago.
The coast around Craster provides many opportunities to observe the Great Whin Sill at Dunstanborough Castle, and also the unusual formations associated with it such as Greymare Rock.
These colourful outcrops of red sandstone along the Dawlish Coast provide a reminder of when Britian lay closer to the equator and much of the country as we now know it was a desert!
The outcrops at Scourie More offer an opportunity to observe deep time and cross-cutting relationships in the earth's crust.
Fetlar, Shetland, Scotland
A unique outcrop exposing originally round pebbles that have been squashed into discs or stretched into rods during a mountain-building period.
This site is one of the most visited unconformities in Britain and defines the landscape through Assynt.
County Clare, Ireland
These unusual features can be found along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, and can be studied to aid in the understanding of ancient earthquakes.
Unst, Shetland, Scotland
There are few places on Earth today where a sequence of oceanic rocks from the mantle to the top of the oceanic crust can be seen uplifted to the surface, but this site has one of the most accessible and complete examples in the world.
This area of folded rocks has been described as a structural and metamorphic paradise!
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