Gneiss, Scotland

Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

This intricately folded gneiss is in the Highlands of Scotland. Despite the complexity, the overall shape of the fold is a syncline, a fold that bows downward. The bottom illustration shows two layers colored to make the structure clearer.

Original Scene

(author's image)

Possible Coloring

Natural Color

Colored to Emphasize Layers


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Created 19 February 2008, Last Update 15 January 2020