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This excursion guide covers the classic geology of the North-west Highlands between Ullapool and Durness, including the Moine Thrust Zone, the Lewisian gneisses, and the Torridonian and Cambro-Ordovician sedimentary successions. The guide represents a greatly expanded and updated version of the original "Guide to the Assynt District of Sutherland", the last edition of which was published in 1979.
This full-colour guide incorporates an overview of the geology of the area, followed by 16 excursions to such classic localities as Knockan Crag, Loch Assynt shore, Achmelvich and Durness. The excursions are illustrated by full-colour maps based on the latest BGS mapping, and by colour photographs. Each individual excursion represents a full day: some excursions involve long walks in remote mountain country, whilst others are more accessible. The book will interest anyone fascinated by the geology and scenery of the North-west Highlands.
Contributors / Acknowledgements / Foreword / Editorial Introduction / Background Introduction / Geological Framework of the North-West Highlands Excursions: Loch Assynt and the Achmore duplex A transect through the Canisp Shear Zone, Achmelvich Stoer Group at Stoer peninsula Stoer Group at Enard Bay Ullapool River, Creag nam Broc and Glen Achall Knockan Crag and the Knocken clippen Trailigill and Bealach Traligill Conival and Ben More Assynt Glen Oykel and the Loch Ailsh Pluton Cam Loch and Ledmore and the Loch Bollalan Pluton Glencoul Scourie Mor Tarbet Durness, Balnakeil Bay and Faraid Head The Moine Thrust at loch Eriboll Roadside stops around the North-West Highlands References
Kathryn Goodenough and Maarten Krabbendam have been working on the geological survey of the North-West Highlands for a decade. They and their colleagues have produced new 1:50,000 scale geological maps for the area described in this guide, as well as writing a range of scientific papers and other publications about the geology of this region.