Congratulations to Earth Sciences student, George Willment, who has been awarded a prize by the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain for his recent performance on the Assynt field course.
Assynt course is a fieldwork course based on developing your fieldwork and mapping geology skills, in preparation for the independent undergraduate mapping projects undertaken in the summer vacation between second and third year, which count towards the degree and is a requirement for all students. After a number of smaller exercises around NW Scotland, students undertook a 3 day independent task to construct maps and cross sections of an area near Loch Glencoul.
The prize will be put towards the fieldwork mapping project George is undertaking this summer to map a ~24 km^2 near Kekerengu, South Island, New Zealand.
The photo is taken looking NE across Unapool Burn toward Loch Glenchoul in the distance, with the foreland of the Lewissian Gneiss (the UK's oldest rocks at around ~2.9-2.7 billion years old). Just out of the shot, to the right, are the well renowned Sole, Glencoul and Moine Thrusts; faults which when studied in the earlier 20th century helped shaped the field geologists ideas about how this style of faulting, and its associated complexities, can work.