THE FORT William branch of the Scottish Women’s Institute (SWI) recently enjoyed a talk from the chairman of Lochaber Geopark.
Jim Blair took a look back at what happened in the area millions of years ago, explaining why Lochaber’s geology is so special.
As well as Jim’s talk at the January meeting, institute members were treated to a view of the landscape not been experienced by most people, as Neil Slinger and Andrew McMahon brought in pictures taken from power hand gliders.
Among the topics discussed at the meeting were how volcanoes, seas and ice shaped the Lochaber of today and how earth's movement over the millennia has been so great that the rocks on each side of Loch Linnhe and the rest of the Great Glen are different both in composition and age.
Mr Blair explained how volcanoes formed Ben Nevis and Glencoe and that sand and mud deposits, from long gone seas, formed the white rock tip of Stob Ban and the slate at Ballachulish.
Hilary Denny from the SWI thanked Mr Blair for his interesting and informative talk.
The next meeting is on Monday February 6 at 7.15pm in the Montrose Centre, Inverlochy. The speaker will be Kenny Laing who will talk about his life as a vet.