the southern Moine Thrust Belt


The southern Moine Thrust Belt is characterised by only local development of imbricate thrust systems. For much of the area the Moine Thrust glides over an undeformed footwall - so-called "smooth slip", carrying thin slices of deformed Torridonian and Lewisian rocks. There are two large thrust sheets further south, the Kinlochewe and Kishorn sheets. These may have been continuous. The Kishorn sheet continues onto Skye and contains large scale folds. The Torridon area, where the eponymous group of sandstones of the foreland is very thick, includes large scale imbricate systems that form the Achnashellach culmination. To explore sites in the southern Moine Thrust Belt - click here for the summary map.

The photograph shows the Kinlochewe Thrust at Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair - one of the more remote parts of the thrust belt. Sometimes it has no snow on it too.

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