Fieldwork in North West Scotland
Our NW Scotland field course builds on the field mapping techniques introduced in the SE France field course by applying them within an area of greater geological complexity
Did you know?The principal area that you will be mapping was first properly mapped by one of the greats of the British Geological Survey, Sir Edward Bailey. He was renowned for his eccentricities, including eating his lunch first thing in the morning 'to get it over with', and for leading his boss chin-deep across a river when he knew that there was a perfectly good bridge just around the corner.
More about the North West Scotland field area
The principal mapping area visited on this course is within the Dalradian Supergroup, a sequence of Neoproterozoic to early Palaeozoic sediments that were deformed and metamorphosed during the Ordovician as part of the Caledonian Orogeny (when the ocean separating Scotland from England and Wales was closed). The igneous rocks were emplaced in the Silurian-Devonian during the final stages of that orogeny.