P551769

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P number: P551769
Caption: Gouache/watercolour painting showing view across the Bay of Stoer, North-West Highlands.
Description: This painting shows a view south-eastwards across the Bay of Stoer towards the Torridonian sandstone mountains of Assynt (from left: Suilven, Cul Mor, Cul Beag, Stac Pollaidh). In the middle distance are knolls of grey Lewisian gneiss. The rocks in the bay are part of the Stoer Group (part of the Torridonian). The Torridonian sandstone mountains of the Assynt area sit on an eroded platform of Lewisian gneiss. A great sheet of Torridonian, several kilometres thick, would once have covered the entire area but erosion and glaciations have carved most of it away, leaving these hills as isolated remnants or 'inselbergs' (island mountains). The Assynt area of the North-West Highlands of Scotland contains some of the grandest scenery and most fascinating geology in Britain. Here we find ancient Lewisian gneisses, among the oldest rocks in Europe; and a superbly exposed sequence of Torridonian sandstone, Cambrian quartzite and Durness limestone. Here also is the famous Moine Thrust, one of the most important geological structures in Britain.
Date taken: 01/04/2004
Photographer: Unknown
Copyright statement: NERC
Orientation: Landscape
Size: 201.07 KB; 1000 x 751 pixels; 85 x 64 mm (print at 300 DPI); 265 x 199 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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