The wild and mountainous landscape of Rum has long been a place of pilgrimage for geologists. For a small island, the range of scenery will take astound you – jagged peaks, rounded hills and gentle lowlands. Rum is home to some of the oldest rocks on Earth, as well as layers of more recent rock that tells of a violent past. Rum’s low-lying neighbours –Eigg, Muck, Canna and Sanday – are part of the evidence for this dramatic history.
In this booklet you’ll learn that these features are explained by Rum’s geological history. This stretches back nearly 3,000 million years. It’s a story of deserts and ocean floors, erupting volcanoes and enormous glaciers.
Written by experts and beautifully illustrated, this booklet contains clear explanations, simple diagrams and useful information on where to visit.
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