GCR block - Moine (MOINE)

Moine

Block Description

UK map showing distribution of GCR sites of GCR block MOINE
Distribution of GCR sites of GCR block Moine

The geology represented by this GCR Block are the highly metamorphosed rocks of Precambrian age in Scotland that are older than the Dalradian (see DAL). Moine rocks are considered to be the metamorphic equivalent of the Torridonian strata (see TOR).

‘Precambrian’ is a broadly used term for rocks that pre-date the Cambrian Period, i.e. were formed before the Phanerozoic Eon. It encompasses such a vast span of time, extending back to at least 4000 Ma, and has been subdivided into two Eons, the Archaean, and the younger Proterozoic Eon. The Precambrian rocks selected for this block belong to the latter, specifically to its youngest part, which has been given the chronological term ‘Neoproterozoic’.

The ‘Moine Thrust Belt’ forms the outer edge of the Caledonian mountain belt in northern Scotland (see CAL-STR-SU), separating the deformed and metamorphosed orogenic interior of Moine and Dalradian rocks from the undeformed foreland of the Lewisian crust (see LEW) with its sedimentary cover of Torridonian and Cambro-Ordovician successions. As such, the thrust belt defines the north-west limit of the Ortho-Caledonides.

The Moine Thrust may be defined as the tectonic contact which carries the Moine metasediments together with the Lewisian basement upon which they were deposited. These units were carried onto Cambro-Ordovician and Torridonian sediments which overlie their own Lewisian basement. The thrust is characterised by extensive mylonite development in both its footwall and hangingwall. The mylonite zone is locally several hundred metres thick. In general, where that stratigraphic separation across the thrust is greatest, particularly when the footwall lies in carbonates of the Durness Group, the mylonite zone is carried by a discrete fault zone marked by cataclasites. Such behaviour, indicating a transition from ductile deformation with relatively high temperature crystalline plasticity to brittle faulting and fracture processes, is predicted to occur on fault zones that migrate up through the crust. The transition occurs on all sections across the thrust belt, locally within the deformation zone associated with the Moine Thrust as indicated above and elsewhere within underlying, later thrusts which stack up the Cambro-Ordovician sediments. Thus the Moine Thrust changes its character from place to place. Indeed, the western edge of the Moine outcrop is not everywhere defined by the Moine Thrust. Later thrusts and faults, some associated with much later basin formation characterise the map edge of Moine rocks in much of the Lochcarron area.



Site List

Your selection found 81 GCR sites. Sites are sorted alphabetically by country, local authority and then by site name -
CodeNameCountryLocal AuthorityGrid RefGCR Site Account
1158Aberscross Burn to KinnauldScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNH765996Not available
2979Aird TorrisdaleScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC672636Not available
2974Allt DherueScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC539452Not available
1026Allt Doir' a` ChathaScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC500024Not available
1018Allt na CaillichScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC463455Not available
2971Ard Mor, BettyhillScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC697629Not available
841AttadaleScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNG913376Not available
3281Beinn Liath MhorScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNG975518Not available
1024Ben HutigScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC540652Not available
2784Ben KlibreckScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC577310Not available
1309Ben More, Conival and Na TuadhanScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC310202Not available
1025Brora GorgeScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC706107Not available
1159Cam Loch KlippeScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC225148Not available
2294Carn GormScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNH442629Not available
3282Carn na CanaichScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNH098828Not available
1307Cleit an t-SeabhaigScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC507682Not available
892Cnoc nam BrocScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNG863437Not available
2973Coldbackie Bay, TongueScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC610600Not available
2295ComrieScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNH413560Not available
1019Creag na CroicheScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC721040Not available
1289Cromarty and Rosemarkie InliersScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNH808687Not available
1022Dirlot CastleScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyND127487Not available
878DundonnellScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNH125880Not available
1311EribollScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC487623Not available
1005FannichScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNH160730Not available
1310Faraid HeadScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC390710Not available
2988Farr Bay, BettyhillScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC715627Not available
3283FoinavenScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC323494Not available
2989Glaisgeo to Farr PointScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC733637Not available
902GlencoulScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC266298Not available
890Knockan Moine Thrust ExposuresScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC203097Not available
891Meall a` GhiubhaisScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNG977637Not available
1132Meall an t-Sithe and Creag RainichScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNH142764Not available
2975MelnessScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC596620Not available
1021Oykel BridgeScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC385010Not available
3285Sango BayScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC409679Not available
2970Sgeir Ruadh, PortskerraScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC877665Not available
1160Sgonnan Mor - Dubh Loch Beag - Upper Strath OykelScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC300140Not available
901Skiag BridgeScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC234250Not available
3286Slioch - Heights of KinlocheweScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNH005688Not available
652Slumbay Point, Loch CarronScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNG896385Not available
2972Strathan Skerray - Skerray BayScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC662638Not available
1133Stronchrubie CliffScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC251194Not available
1020The Airde of ShinScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC519147Not available
1308Traligill BurnScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC268212Not available
2980Vasgo - Strathan BayScotlandCaithness and Sutherland and Ross and CromartyNC582645Not available
2264Abhainn Glean nam FiadhScotlandInverness and Nairn and Moray, Badenoch and StrathspeyNH194259Not available
650Glen DoeScotlandInverness and Nairn and Moray, Badenoch and StrathspeyNH209128Not available
2265Loch MonarScotlandInverness and Nairn and Moray, Badenoch and StrathspeyNH197389Not available
852Allt Cracaig CoastScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG793173Not available
875Ard GhunelScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG705118Not available
842Ard HillScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG818265Not available
864Ard Thurinish to Port na LongScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG587001Not available
649Ardalanish Bay, MullScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNM376188Not available
839AvernishScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG834262Not available
851Beinn a` ChapuillScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG829133Not available
655Carn a' Bhealaich MhoirScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG826324Not available
654Dornie - Inverinate Road Section (A87)ScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG884256Not available
853Druim IosalScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG856161Not available
866DruimindarrochScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNM690842Not available
2958Eas Chia-aig Waterfalls, Loch ArkaigScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNN178888Not available
850Eilean Chlamail to Camas nan CeannScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG773126Not available
978Eilean Mor and Camas Choire MhuilinnScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNM572613Not available
651Fassfern to Loch Ailort Road CuttingsScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNN017785Not available
653Hangman`s BridgeScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG856299Not available
934Kinloch HournScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG945067Not available
862Knoydart Mica MineScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNM797961Not available
865Loch Moidart Road CuttingsScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNM681736Not available
933LochailortScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNM771820Not available
935North MorarScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNM688933Not available
882OrdScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG640130Not available
840Quoich SpillwayScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNH072023Not available
863Rubha Camas na CailinnScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG852084Not available
876TarskavaigScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG587077Not available
861TotaigScotlandLochaber, Skye and Lochalsh and Argyll and the IslandsNG869245Not available
1291CullivoeScotlandShetland IslandsHP550025Not available
1290GutcherScotlandShetland IslandsHU548994Not available
1293HascosayScotlandShetland IslandsHU554915Not available
1292North SandwickScotlandShetland IslandsHU550964Not available
1287Uyea to North Roe CoastScotlandShetland IslandsHU310930Not available
1288Voxter Voe and Valayre QuarryScotlandShetland IslandsHU362694Not available
Many designated sites are on private land: the listing of a site in these pages does not imply any right of public access. Search Again