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P number: P000886
Old photograph number: D02537
Caption: Oblique aerial view of the Storr, Skye.
Description: The landslipping is compound, there is a series of rotational slips with intersecting arcs. The large blocks below the cliff including the Old Man of Storr on the right are all part of slipped blocks. In late Tertiary times the lava plateau was tilted slightly to the west and was considerably broken up with faulting. As a result of this an unstable structure was created, the lower half of the cliff was composed of Jurassic sediments and dolerite sill while the upper half was composed of great thicknesses of lava flows. This caused the extensive landslipping with the sediments tending to slide under the weight of the super-incumbent lavas. Tertiary basalt lavas with a mugearite cap form the cliffs. The most spectacular of the Skye landslips occurs here at The Storr. The formation of scree is well developed especially at the base of the fault-controlled gullies.
Date taken: 01/01/1977
Photographer: Christie, A.
Copyright statement: NERC
Acknowledgment: This image was digitized with grant-in-aid from SCRAN the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network
X longitude/easting: 150500
Y latitude/northing: 854500
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Portrait
Size: 269.40 KB; 983 x 1000 pixels; 83 x 85 mm (print at 300 DPI); 260 x 265 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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