Online Resources

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Useful websites

British Geological Survey – Geology of Britain viewer free access to maps of bedrock geology and superficial deposits for the UK, down to 1:50,000 scale.
Earthwise – British Geological Survey’s digital publication channel
Scottish Natural Heritage – Landforms and geology

Geological societies in Scotland

The geological societies offer field trips, lectures and publications.
Geological Society of Glasgow
Edinburgh Geological Society
Aberdeen Geological Society
Highland Geological Society
OUGS – The Open University Geological Society Scotland Branch

Scottish Geology Videos

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 geological field trips and lectures have been postponed or cancelled. So here are a few videos of geological highlights and virtual field trips done on Zoom for the Geological Society of Glasgow , the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow and Geowalks to Islay, Jura and Colonsay.

ISLAY

An introduction to the geology of Islay (with a bit of history, archaeology and whisky!) given to the RPSG on 1st July 2020

The North Coast of Islay: The stromatolites of the Bonahaven Dolomite Formation exposed on the north coast of Islay are some of the best examples of these ancient relics of Precambrian life in the world. This video is a virtual field trip (prepared for the Geological Society of Glasgow during the C-19 lockdown) to see them and other fantastic geology in this remote and hard-to-get-to location. For more information see www.islaygeology.org

A recording of a virtual field trip to the north coast of Islay

Snowball Earth on Islay: A virtual field trip to The Ballygrant area of Islay run for the Geological Society of Glasgow during the Covid-19 lockdown. This is a great place to observe the rocks that were formed at the start of a major glaciation (possibly a ‘Snowball Earth’) that occurred some 700 million years ago. Plus there’s some old lead mines dating back to the 14th century and evidence of possibly the earliest human habitation in Scotland some 11,000 years ago.

A recording of a virtual field trip to the Ballygrant, Islay

JURA

Jura is famous for Goeorge Orwell, the Corryvreckan whirlpool and its deer. It also has some good geology and geomorphology too. This talk was given during the Covid-19 lockdown as part of the ‘lockdown lectures’ series of talks on www.geowalks.co.uk

A recording of a talk introducing the geology of the island of Jura

COLONSAY

Colonsay has some good geology and is a beautiful island to visit. This talk was given during the Covid-19 lockdown as part of the ‘lockdown lectures’ series of talks on www.geowalks.co.uk

A recording of a talk on the geology of the island of Colonsay