We’re just back from Minginish, on the Isle of Skye, where we campervanned for two nights in a campsite in Carbost that turned out to be across the road from where Shaun is staying for seven weeks whilst he does his geology mapping exercise. Of course, we knew he was in Carbost, but hadn’t realised that the campsite was going to be so close to his rented house.
Skye, the ‘Misty Isle’ turned out to be exactly that, for those parts of the weekend when it wasn’t pissing down solid with rain, but the day we left was lovely and sunny.
Shaun is mapping an area with three hills just north-west of Broadford, so on the Friday we went up one of his hills to help.
Mapping an area involves looking for outcrops of rock, which are the bits which are not boulders or bog, chipping a bit off and examining it more closely, and then colour-coding it according to whether it is gneiss or granite or igneous or whatever. The geologist also has to acertain where the fault lines are, and where one type of rock merges with another.
After a day spent mapping up the hill, I concluded that Shaun’s area was virtually all completely useless and unproductive bog, suitable only for keeping a few sheep. That was until I thought I had discovered some Dilithium Crystals. However Shaun pointed out that this was not possible, as Dilithium is a Star Trek thing.