Excursion Guide to the Geology of East Sutherland and Caithness
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- 24 Sep 2009
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 183 pages - 216 x 138 x 13mm
This book provides an overview of the geology of Scotland's East Sutherland and Caithness regions, and includes guides to geological excursions. This area contains many excellent localities that are popular for instructional field courses and recreational visits to view the geology and to collect fossils. The area is also popular with the oil industry as an onshore analogue for several offshore oilfield reservoirs. Excursions to the Devonian Old Red Sandstone of Caithness cover the major features of the Caithness Flagstones from the marginal unconformities, through fluvial, Aeolian, and playa deposits, to the deep lake laminites with world famous fossil fish faunas. In the Golspie-Brora-Helmsdale area, the Jurassic succession adjacent to the Helmsdale Fault is demonstrated, particularly the famous Helmsdale Boulder beds deposited beside an active submarine fault scarp. A further attraction is the opportunity to pan for gold at Kildonan. This guide, which updates the 1993 edition, is co
Acknowledgements and Society information. Editorial Introduction. Geological History of East Sutherland and Caithness (N. M. Trewin, University of Aberdeen). Excursion Planner. Excursions: 1. The Triassic and Lower Jurassic of Golspie (N. M. Trewin); Bathonian to Oxfordian strata of the Brora Area ( A. Hurst, University of Aberdeen); 3. The Upper Jurassic of the Helmsdale Area ( A. C. Macdonald, University of Aberdeen); 4. The Lower Old Red Sandstone and Helmsdale Granite of the Ousdale Area ( N. H. Trewin); 5. The Old Red Sandstone of Caithness (N. H. Trewin); Kildonan Gold (C. M . Rice, Roxar, Oslo). References.
Nigel Trewin and Andrew Hurst are professors of geology at Aberdeen University and have published many research papers on the geology and fossils of the area.. They have led many field excursions to the area for university classes, the oil industry and for geological societies. They have written this guide for the Aberdeen Geological Society.
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