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Great Geology Lunch Spots - No. 1: P-Forms near Knock

Had a bit of time at lunchtime today so I headed off to one of my favourite places - the side of Loch Na Keal, just south of Knock near Scarisdale Point. Its a great viewpoint with good views up and down the loch, but importantly, it is reckoned to be one of the best places in the UK to see glacial P-forms. there is a good JNCC paper on these things with various ideas given as to their formation. You can read it at:

They also look neat under heavy frost - there are obvious striae on the  P-Forms and these show up well under frost..

As well as P-forms there are also some rather impressive dykes of the Mull Swarm cutting the shore. There is a huge concentration of these things in this area (similar to Croggan in this repsect) and they are very easy to see as all this geology is right by the road!  A few pics, mainly of the P-Forms:

 A particularly wind blown tree is a good location indicator - behind it is a weathered out dyke


A strange thing in the road cutting

Near the highest part of the road leading from Tobermory to Salen, the area known as the Guala Dhubh, there are some impressive road cuttings which date back to when the road was upgraded. The rocks are all volcanic - Paeleogene lavas with prominent red boles in between many of them. On the west side of the road cut at Grid Ref NM 53306 51640, there is an obvious cleft in the rock - it shows up on Google Streetview as well.

I went to have a look at it some time ago but couldnt quite fathom it out - was it a dyke, a fault or maybe the cast of a fossil tree? I had been having some correspondence on Twitter with a PhD student who has been studying the Mull lavas and as a consequence of that I went back for another look. Pics and explanations below:

The roadcut at the highest point of the Tobermory Salen road. Moira brought Geo-dog Daisy along to ensure that all was correct and in order.

The cleft is the obvious feature running up the cliff, seen from the other side of the road in this pi…

A trip to the Rubha na Sealbhaig Dyke (Bloody Bay)

Rubha na Sealbhaig lies to the north of Tobermory at the north end of Bloody Bay. There is a really neat dyke there, presumably a member of the Mull Swarm , although it runs more N-S rather than NW-SE like a lot of the other similar dykes do. What makes it interesting is that it really stands out on the shore - it is like a wall of rock.

Only problem is that is awkward to get to - it involves descending from the Forestry track through brambles brash and mud, but there is a sort of deer track most of the way. Anywa, I reckon its worth the effort.Here are some pictures taken today 5th January.

Bliadhna Mhath Ur / Happy New Year!

Looking along the coast - Ben Hiant across the way. the dyke is just out of sight on the RHS

The dyke is in several parts, there are also several offsets - it doesnt run in one continuous straight line
The view from the sea
The main part of the dyke showing clearly the jointing
The country rock lavas are clearly columnar in this area. There are other places in t…