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QUATERNARY

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BBG

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PRESENT BEACH
Unconsolidated pebbles/boulders of varying composition.

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RECENT SUPERFICIAL

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LITHOLOGICAL KEY

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By Matthew D. Shaw
2015

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THE GEOLOGY OF KILCHRIST, ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND

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10

BBG

FAG

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RAISED BEACH
Previous high water line, composed of beach material coved by grass.

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FB
FAG
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KC
FB

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TS

FAG
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FAG

TORRIN SEDIMENTS FORMATION


Interbedded fossiliferous mudstones, siltstones, sandstones, and
limestones. Abundant Grypheia at base of formation.

TS

FAG

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U U U
TS
U U
U U U
U U U
U U U U U
U U U
U U U
U

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JURRASIC

SEDIMENTARY
CFR
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Cnoc nam
Fitheach

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FAG

ORDOVICIAN

KILCHRIST CARBONATE FORMATION


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Calcarenite - calcilutite, homogenious calcite. Well sorted,
randomly orientated, sub-rounded, interlocking grains. Chert
nodules abundant. Abundant ne-scale chert bands provided evidence
for bedding planes, and therefore unit to be folded with axial plane
running SW-NE. Calcite veins accessory. Kilchrist Carbonate has been
altered to Kilchist Marble from local contact metamorphism in
discontinuous aureole around Beinn Dearg Bheag Granite intrusion.

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CFR

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FAG

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Torrin

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BEINN AN DUBHAICH GRANITE FORMATION


Fine-coarse grained, predominately equigranular, granodiorite. Pluton
is part of the Skye Igneous Centre, associated with the British Tertiary
Igneous Province. Pluton has intruded into surrounding Kilchrist
Carbonate causing local contact metamorphism, responsible for the
alteration to Kilchrist Marble and skarns. Extensive sub-vertical jointing
throughout.

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IGNEOUS INTRUSIVE

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FAG
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KC

Loch Cill Chriosd


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KC
KC

BEINN DEARG BHEAG GRANITE FORMATION


Medium-coarse grained, mostly equigranular, granodiorite. Pluton
is responsible for the formation of the Eastern Red Hills Centre,
associated with the British Tertiary Igneous Province.
Extensive weathering of biotite is responsible for distinctive
orange colouration to otherwise grey rock, and hence the
local name Red Cuillin.
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BBG

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KH

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Allt Strath Suardal

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KILCHRIST HYBRID FORMATION


Porphyritic microgarnite. Groundmass is equigranular, but rare
0.5-2mm phenocrysts of plagioclase and pyroxene are found.
Replacement of plagioclase by pyroxene in many places provides
evidence for interaction of felsic and mac magma within the magma
chamber prior to eruption. Kilchrist Hybrid is emplaced due to ring-dyke
intrusion around Kilchrist Vent.

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FITHEACH PYROCLASTICS FORMATION


Comprised of Fitheach Agglomerate (FAG), Coire Forsaidh Rhyolite (CFR)
and Fitheach Basalt (FB).

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KC
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KC
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bhire

Camas
Malag

BDG

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BDG

Beinn
an Dubhaich

BDG

Allt an In

FITHEACH AGGLOMERATE
Becciated agglomerate. Matrix aphanitic - ne grained, mac in
composition. Clast percentage ranges 15-55%. Clast size ranges
<1mm-20cm. Clasts composition predominately dolerite and carbonate,
but basalt and sedimentary clasts also present. Limited evidence for bedding
shows multiple ows, owing downhill away from Beinn Dearg Bheag in a
general southernly direction. The formation is a result of the British Tertiary
Igneous Province.

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TERTIARY

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IGNEOUS EXTRUSIVE

FAG

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BDG

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KH

KM

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KC

BDG

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Kilchrist

KH

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Loch
nan Learg

COIRE FORSAIDH RHOLITE


Brecciate rhyolite exhibiting 85% matrix, 15% clasts. Quartz and biotite
phenocrysts are accessory. Clasts compose of sub-rounded, green,
1mm-3cm, replacement of quartz phenocrysts; and 1-8cm stratied
clasts with similar composition to lithology, the latter being far more
abundant. Abundant ame provide evidence for multiple ows.

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BDG
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STRATIGRAPHIC COLUMN

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U U U U U U
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Major fold - anticline axial trace


Major fold - syncline axial trace

MAP SYMBOLS

Minor fold - anticline axial trace,


arrow indicates plunge direction

Road

Isle of Skye

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Scotland

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FAULTS

Path

Fault - observed

Contour (100m interval)


Contour (20m interval)

Igneous (nature of contact not


represented, only formation
thickness)

Strike and dip of bedding

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Loch

Strike and dip of cleavage

Granite

Strike and dip of primary joint

Microgranite

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FAG

Tertiary

Pyroclastics
Interbedded mudstone,
limestone and sandstone

OTHER

Solid triangles represent hanging wall


on dip-slip fault

River

KH

LITHOLOGIES

Strike and dip of secondary joint

Strike-slip movement across fault


(sinistral/dexteral)

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Upper/lower extend
not observed

STRUCTURAL DATA

Conformable/intrusive
Unconformable

U U U U

BBG

Unconformity

U U U U

Scale 1:10,000
Contour Interval: 20m

LOCATION OF MAPPING AREA

FOLDS

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BOUNDARIES

MAP KEY
GEOLOGICAL BOUNDARIES

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STRATIGRAPHIC
COLUMN KEY

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KILCHRIST MARBLE
Medium-coarse grained. Alteration from Kilchrist Carbonate is gradational and forms
a discontinuous aureole around the Beinnan Dubhaich granite.

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METAMORPHIC

Mapping Area

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Allt na Grabhla

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BDG

FITHEACH BASALT
Aphanitic - porphyritic basalts and dolerites. Aphanitic - very ne grained mac
groundmass. <5% Plagioclase phenocrysts, <1mm in size. .

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lap
hS
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CFR

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KC

Cross section transect


Carbonate

Dyke

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10km

Northern
Ireland

Cross Section D

D
WWS
Grid reference: 58260, 20720

England

Cross section from D to D


Facing north
Scale 1:10,000

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100km

Base maps created by Matthew D. Shaw 1th July 2014


Geology mapped by Matthew D. Shaw 5th July to 9th August 2014
Based on eld slips 1-6 created by Matthew D. Shaw
Accompanied by notebooks 1 & 2 by Matthew D. Shaw

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Cross Section C
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Grid reference: 60540, 22000

Ordovician

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Cross Section A

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Grid reference: 59840, 20000

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NSE
Grid reference: 62120, 19155

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Grid reference: 59285, 22210

Cross section from A to A


Facing east
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Dolerite and Carbonate


underlie Fitheach Pyroclastics

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Boundary extrapolated
above and below ground
FOLDS
Syncline axial trace

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Anticline axial trace

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Boundary location inferred


with some condence

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FAULTS
Metres above sea level (m)

FAG

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GEOLOGICAL BOUNDARIES

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CROSS SECTION KEY

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SE
Grid reference: 62120, 19155

Cross section from B to B


Facing north east
Scale 1:10,000

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Distance from A to A (m)

Cross Section B

B
NW
Grid reference: 59140, 22000

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Fault plane
Arrows indicate direction
of movement
BEDDING
Bedding plane indicated by
angle of dashed line

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Metres above sea level (m)

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FAG

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Cross section from C to C


Facing east
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FAG

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Jurassic

Metres above sea level (m)

Metres above sea level (m)

Geographical information obtained from OS Explorer Map 412

A
NNE
Grid reference: 61798, 21755