A shocking discovery in Scotland with Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson is a metamorphic petrologist and Lecturer at Curtin University, Western Australia. He is currently working on rocks from a range of places, including northwest and northeast Scotland, Norway, southern and eastern India, southwestern Australia and outer space. He is particularly interested in early Earth geodynamics and in the metamorphism of stony meteorites. You […]

Flying over Scotland

A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join a friend in a single prop plane to some key geologic localities that can be observed from the air better than they can be seen from the ground. While most of us use Google Earth for that, seeing an oblique view from 2-3 thousand […]

Shetland with Steph Walker

Steph is a Ph.D. student at Royal Holloway working with Matthew Thirlwall (see her research profile here and blog here).    Shetland lies around 150km north of mainland Scotland and has spectacularly diverse geology for such a small archipelago. This is one of the main reasons I chose to undertake a masters, and now PhD trying to understand […]

More of Hutton on Arran + video

In addition to the famous angular unconformity seen near Lochranza on the Isle of Arran, Hutton also made an important discovery concerning the emplacement of plutonic systems. The Isle of Arran is cored by a large circular granitic pluton. This Tertiary-age pluton is rimmed by the steeply dipping Dalradian Supergroup and the Old Red Sandstone. […]