painted relief, acrylic & oil,
50cm x 50cm,
Iain White, 2016,
This work in relief, a ‘construction,’ records part of the faulted and folded duplex structure of the Cambrian sediments piled up along a low angled thrust plane and overridden by the metamorphosed rocks of the Moine. The discovery of this structure and its significance is captured by the then head of the Geological Survey.
"… the detailed examination of the north of Sutherland had brought to light some kinds of tectonic structure of a kind and on a scale such as had never before been met with in any portion of the British Isles. It was discovered that by a complicated series of reverse faults, combined with stupendous horizontal thrusts, the rocks had been pushed over each other, slice after slice, huge sheets of the very oldest masses having been torn up and driven westwards for miles so as to now rest upon the younger groups."
Sir Archibald Geikie (1906)