The International Union of Geological Sciences has launched a list of the First 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites. An IUGS Geological Heritage Site is a key place with geological elements and/or processes of scientific international relevance, used as a reference, and/or with a substantial contribution to the development of geological sciences through history.
Two geological sites in Scotland have been included in the list: Siccar Point, near Dunbar and the Moine Thrust Zone in the North West Highlands. As Professor Iain Stewart (UNESCO Chair in Geoscience & Society, Scottish geologist & BBC documentary maker) says: “Siccar Point is a sacred pilgrimage place for geologists the world over – an apparently unassuming rocky foreshore in which the full enormity of geological time is laid out in the tilted strata of the planet’s natural convulsions. The Moine Thrust Zone gave geologists a new way of seeing how mountains formed – slices of ancient strata, stacked up on top of each other, creating Himalayas-scale peaks that have been worn down to their roots.”
Join Trustees from the Scottish Geology Trust for an online seminar celebrating the two Scottish sites included in the First 100 list, and find out about our plans to promote these sites and Scottish geology. We will highlight the opportunities for internationally recognised sites to contribute to local economies, and our work to increase awareness of UNESCO Global Geoparks in Scotland, and their potential contribution to achieving Scottish Government outcomes for National Parks, Regional Land Use Partnerships and green jobs.