Study Tour - Scotland
This year's annual geodynamics
field trip was to Scotland, where students and faculty visited
the Isle of Rum and the Loch Assynt region.
Rum is one of the Small Isles south of the Isle of Skye, and is a renowned nature preserve now owned by the Scottish Natural Heritage. We stayed in a remarkable Victorian castle for 4 nights while hiking the island's trails. The Rum layered intrusion site is famous for its spectacular melt-rock interaction features, including magmatic sedimentation, dissolution fronts, channeling, stoped roof rock blocks of gabbro draped by magmatic sediments, layering and a host of wonderful features.
Following Rum we returned to the mainland and drove to the Loch Assynt region of NW Scotland, where we examined a host of different aspects of Scottish geology, including the famous Moine Thrust.