Geological map of the British Isles
Geological map of the British Isles, with a colour-coded key (right, see C015/2656 for details and names). The geology of the British Isles is extremely varied with rocks from nearly all geological periods. The rock formation types shown are: sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous. The majority of the rocks in Ireland, England and Wales are sedimentary, with large areas of volcanic and metamorphic rocks in Scotland. The sedimentary rocks are colour-coded by geological period from most recent to most ancient (top to bottom). The oldest rocks are in north-west Scotland, the youngest in south-east England. For a simpler map with less detail, see C015/2655.
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The Quiraing escarpment overlooking Staffin Bay and Sound of Raasay
The Quiraing escarpment overlooking Staffin Bay and Sound of Raasay, distinctive features resulting from landslips of basalt lavas upon softer sedimentary rocks beneath, Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe
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The Quiraing - Trotternish Ridge Light - Scotland
Also referred to as The Quiraing or Cuith-Raing is a landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish or TrA²ndairnis (Scottish Gaelic) on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Taken in dramatic December weather, the stormy ephemeral light opens and beams of short lived godrays radiate down over the spiked land formation called The Cleat, Loch Cleat, and Loch Leum na Luirginn below. The highest ridge to the right is called Dun Dubh, and the interesting craggy dinosaur back - shark fin formation on the lower right is called Cnoc a Mheirlich.
© Matt Anderson Photography