AGW - Structural Geology

Scottish Highlands

The one-week field course in the Scottish Highlands is an elective course at KIT. It was a compulsory part of the course Crystalline Geology (Ardnamurchan & Glenfinnan - until 2011, Appin, Ballachulish, Glen Coe, Kerrera island - since 2012, Kinlochleven) for the BSc-majors. Its goal is a fundamental understanding of processes in magmatic and metamorphic rocks, including sedimentary and structural aspects and a general understanding of the geological history of the region and link it to the local stratigraphy of the Karlsruhe region.

Contents cover contact metamorphism around the Ballachulish pluton, volcanism and fault intrusions of Glen Coe, Dalaradian metamorphism and deformation on Kerrera, as well as regional metamorphism and mapping of crystalline rocks around Kinlochleven. Whole-day exercises in the field are followed by additional short lectures in the evening, which also covers the accurate work of field notes.

  • day 1 Glen Coe outcrops
  • day 2 Kerrera Island
  • day 3 Beach walk Loch Leven
  • day 4 mapping Maromore ridge
  • day 5 mapping Maromore ridge
  • day 6 summary