Testimony of the Rocks: Journeys through Time 20-26 June 2015

There are few things more interesting in geological science than those snatches of human history, or those peculiarities of human condition, which we find associated necessarily often, but usually unexpectedly, with certain formations of rocks.’ Hugh Miller

The Scottish Geodiversity Forum, the Isle of Luing Community Trust and the Friends of Hugh Miller, will mark the launch of the new Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing, by chartering the sailing boat Leader in June 2015. The project, builds on a recent initiative entitled Hugh Miller & The Cruise of the Betsey (www.cruiseofthebetsey.wordpress.com) run by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Friends of the Hugh Miller and the Scottish Geodiversity Forum in 2014. There’s a short film about the 2014 journey at https://vimeo.com/129989765.

The new Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing, celebrates the rich history, geodiversity and biodiversity of the Argyll islands. A major focus is the relationship between people and place, including how the underlying geology of these remarkable islands has shaped people’s lives over the millennia. 

For our journey in 2015, we have recruited an intergenerational and interdisciplinary team of fifteen people (aged 21 -76), to follow the ancient sea routes taken by travelers over the ages around Argyll’s Atlantic Islands. Three places for young Earth scientists are being supported by the Glasgow and Edinburgh Geological Societies. The voyage, which begins from Oban on the 20th June, will take the form of a mobile conference during which participants will have opportunities to broaden and deepen their appreciation of the Argyll islands geodiversity, but also to gain new and probably unexpected perspectives on the geology, landscape and people of this beautiful sea-bound realm.

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