Monday, 29 February 2016

Great snowy weather brings out detail

When driving back from Aviemore the other week, I noticed that the fresh snow on the Morvern hills really  brought out the trap featuring in the lavas. The individual layers were emphasised by the light covering of snow. It looks like a terraced landscape.

I saw this same effect years ago in Torridon. where the strata in the sandstone that makes up most of Liathach was really obvious

Here is a pic of the Morvern hills:


























And here is an enlargement of the hill:














Showing the lava flows really well. Can pick out individual flows.  Of course there is good trap featuring in the Mull lavas as well, but I didnt have the opportunity to take any pictures of them. The word "trap" comes from the Swedish word "trappa" meaning a stair and is a common feature of the lava flows in North Mull and especially in the Ardmeanach peninsula.