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2008-09-19 03:00:23

By Tanner, Geoff Abstract: None of the major roles assigned to the Highland Boundary Fault, such as a transcurrent fault with an orogen- parallel, sinistral displacement of several hundred kilometres, or terrane boundary, are confirmed. The Highland Boundary Fault can be traced NE-SW across Scotland for >240 km and defines the northern margin of the Midland Valley. Except for small outliers of Late Palaeozoic rocks on the NW side, it separates the Highland Border Ophiolite and Dalradian...

2008-08-01 03:00:26

By Friend, C R L Strachan, R A; Kinny, P D Abstract: Basement gneiss inliers within the Scottish Caledonides have been conventionally correlated with the Archaean Lewisian Gneiss Complex of the Caledonian foreland. Alternatively, the inliers could represent allochthonous terranes accreted to Laurentia before or during the Caledonian orogeny. Secondary ionization mass spectrometry U-Pb zircon dating indicates that the Ribigill, Borgie, Farr and Western Glenelg basement inliers are...

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2008-07-29 14:03:38

Cave divers have recovered an almost complete skeleton of a bear that is believed to have died some 11,000 years ago. The cavers in the Scottish Highlands first found pieces of bone in 1995 while exploring a network of caves at Inchnadamph in Sutherland, but only recently reached some of the final fragments. The bones are now being studied at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh to try and establish whether it was a brown or polar bear. Genetics experts at Trinity College in Dublin...