Leeds Geological Association

Lecture Abstract

A summary of the forthcoming lecture


Title: Making Mountains: the Caledonides of Scotland

Speaker: Dr Anna Bird, Hull University

Date: Thursday 19th April 2018

Time: 7:15

Location: Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre (Michael Sadler Building)

Meeting Details

Mountain ranges allow us to examine the long-term deformation of the Earth's crust and, because of this, they have been a focus of geological research since the pioneering work of the Geological Survey in the 1800s. An important field area for these studies is the Highlands of Scotland, especially the Northern Highland Terrane of the NW Highlands, due to the revolutionary work of in the Geological Survey's 1907 memoir, The Geological Structure of the North-West Highlands of Scotland. This memoir has had an enduring influence on the understanding of crustal tectonic processes, interactions between deformation and metamorphism, and the evolution of fault rocks. However, geochronological methods were not developed at the time of memoir publication and it is not until recent times that we can date these features and understand how long these processes take. One important aspect is to identify timing(s) of peak metamorphism to establish when events occurred and their geographical extent to relate them to tectonic driving processes. New dates obtained throw further light on the timing of these orogenic events and indicate a more complex Caledonian history than hitherto suspected.

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