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Mountain building in Scotland
Some of Britain’s most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands. The...
Some of Britain’s most dramatic scenery is to be found in the Scottish Highlands. The sight of mighty Ben Nevis, the desolate plateau of the Cairngorms, or the imposing landscapes of Glen Coe can unleash the call of the wild in all of us. Although these landforms were largely carved by glacial activity that ended some 10,000 years ago, the rocks themselves tell of a much older history. The Highlands are merely eroded stumps of a much higher range of ancient mountains. This unit is an account of the origin and demise of that ancient mountain range, based on the geological evidence laid before us in rock exposures.
When you have studied this unit you should be able to:
- describe the geological history of the Scottish Highlands;
- give examples of igneous, metamorphic and structurally complex rocks.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Britain's oldest rocks: remnants of Archaean crust
- 3 Orogenies in the Proterozoic
- 4 Continental break up and opening of the lapetus Ocean
- 5 Arc-continent collision: the Grampian phase of the Caledonian Orogeny
- 6 Exhumation of the Grampian mountains
- 7 Sedimentation and tectonics at a mid-Ordovician to Silurian active margin
- 8 Multiple plate collisions and the end of the Iapetus Ocean
- 9 Sedimentation at the end of the Caledonian Orgeny; Section 10 Legacy
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Mountain building in Scotland
The unit gives a brief outline of the geological history of the Scottish Highlands. It offers the opportunity to study igneous, metamorphic and structurally complex rocks, indicating their natural settings in Scotland: the deformed rocks of the Dalradian basin, the Caledonian granites, and the Highland Border Complex. The materials are presented as a series of PDFs. Each file represents a section of the book. If you wish to purchase a copy of Mountain building in Scotland please contact.
This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Ancient mountains: practical geology in Scotland (SXR339) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area.
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Geology courses or view the range of currently available OU Geology courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 8th April 2011
Last updated on: Wednesday, 10th October 2012
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