Fort Wil­liam

The Oban Times - - Districts -

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.

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