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Isle of Skye
The Scottish island of Skye is part of the inner Hebrids and is located in a geologically interesting area.
Southeast of the line Breakish - Heaste old gneis is exposed. This is covered by sediments (sandstone, quartsite, and limestone) from the Cambrian to Ordovician periods. In these sediments fossils are very rare.
Northeast of the Sligachan - Carbost - Glen Brittle road, volcanic lava rock from the Tertiary period are exposed. Under the lava rocks at the coast you can find shale and sandstone from the Jurassic period.
Please follow the Scottish Fossil.Code on each visit.
The middle of Skye is dominated by igneous rocks. You can also see some old volcano's.
In Elishader there is a fossil museum.
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Isle of Skye at Staffin Bay.
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- Sgiath-bheinn an Uird and Sgiath-bheinn Chrossavaig These hills are made of quartsite which contain burrows of worms from the Cambrian period. In the sediments above you can find trilobites, brachiopods and gastropods from the Ordovician period.
- Staffin Bay
- Broadford beach Shale, marl, and limestone from the lower Jurassic period are exposed here. The sediment contain many fossils: fossil algae, sea urchins , belemnites, gastropods, brachiopods, bivalves, corals and ammonites.
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Museum: Staffin Museum
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