Fanfare please! We proudly introduce the latest of our free online products: the beautiful and brilliant Assynt Culmination Geological 3D Model -
navigation around the iMap
To tell us more about the iMap is one of the models creators, Dr Tim Kearsey.
Geologist Charles Lapworth first recognised the thrust structures in Assynt in 1882. He wrote in his diary his nightmares of being ‘bodily caught up in the Moine Thrust’ and being crushed under what he called the ‘great earth engine’.
Those of us who studied geology at university may remember, with mixed feelings, fieldtrips to Assynt, in the far northwest of the Scottish Highlands, and trying to get our heads around the geometric complexity that is the Moine Thrust and its associated structures. The geology of this area has often formed the 'yard-stick' against which aspiring geologists have tested their ability to see geological relationships in 3D.
Over the last decade, the BGS has revised the geological map of this area whilst constructing a series of cross-sections that show the geological structure below the surface.
Now my colleagues, Dr Graham Leslie, Dr Maarten Krabbendam, Calum Ritchie and myself have created a 3D interactive model of this structure which hopefully means that non-geologists and geologists alike can get a feel for the geometric beauty of this classic area of Scottish geology.
It’s free to download from our website