Why mountains?

The World's great mountain ranges like the Himalayas and the Alps challenge and inspire people. High mountains influence climate, mountain landscapes chart climate change, and mountains are home to unique habitats and resources. But the roots of all mountain ranges lie in the tectonic upheavals that their geology records.

Northwest Scotland is where many of the scientific ideas behind mountain building were developed.


Follow the links above to see the maps and sketches that allowed Survey geologists to decipher the tectonics of mountain building. Or visit the exhibition at one of the venues listed.



2008 Exhibitions
London, Geological Society Feb 6th - Feb 28th
Glencoe, National Trust for Scotland Visitors Centre Feb 11th- March 15th

2007 Exhibitions


Ullapool, Macphail Centre

May 14th - June 2nd

Edinburgh, Our Dynamic Earth

July 7th - August 30th
Glasgow, Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery Sept 8th - October 5th




The exhibitions are sponsored by

The exhibition was designed by Clare Bond, University of Glasgow and Rob Butler now at the University of Aberdeen.