Talk: How geology shapes Scotland
16th September 2020
Everywhere you look in Scotland, you can see the influence of geology in shaping the landscape and affecting where people have settled, how the land has been used and what resources have been available. Scotland has had an amazing geological past, this wee piece of continental crust records a palimpsest of episode after episode of change, beginning billions of years ago. That’s why modern Scotland is so varied, in terms of scenery and land use, which contributes to a strong sense of place that is rooted in the Scottish psyche. But Scotland isn’t finished – as Edinburgh’s great(est) thinker, James Hutton, understood, the geological processes responsible for the current state of things will continue into the future.