‘The Geology of the northern part of the Moine Thrust Zone: a virtual excursion” with Iain Allison, University of Glasgow
This talk is loosely based on a recent excursion for the Highland Geological Society to Durness and Eriboll with additional material from excursions and student mapping along the length of the thrust zone. The aim is to give an appreciation of the main rock units, their sedimentary structures and fossils, and the over-all structure especially in the Durness-Eriboll area.
This talk will, I hope, complement Rob Strachan’s November talk but with an emphasis on the foreland strata west of the Moine Thrust itself.
Iain Allison gained a geology degree from the University of Edinburgh and higher degrees from Imperial College, University of London. Following a period as a research assistant in Canada, he returned to the U.K. and was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Applied Geology at the University of Strathclyde and subsequently moved to the University of Glasgow following the UK government’s “rationalisation” of geology teaching in 1989.
His experience of the geology of the NW Highlands started in 1971 and has continued since. Research for his PhD focussed on an area near Ben Heilam and since then he has led student excursions and supervised undergraduate mapping all along the Moine Thrust Zone from Skye to Eriboll. He has also led excursions to the area for various geological societies especially the Open University Geological Society; more recently he has led excursions to west and south Greenland.