NF9383 : Gneiss, Beārnaraigh

taken 1 year ago, near to Baile, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Great Britain

Gneiss, Beàrnaraigh
Gneiss, Beārnaraigh
Fantastic rock strata on an un-named beach on the north coast of Berneray. Gneiss I understand, a metamorphic rock 542 to 4000 million years old. I thought geologists could be more precise than that.

Berneray, Gaelic Beārnaraigh, is said to come from the Norse bjarnar and ey meaning island of the bear. Whether bears survived here is hard to believe, it’s largely machair with no workable peat beds so blocks of peat for fuel had to be brought in by boat from Votersay and Stroma. Berneray no longer feels like an island due to its connection by a causeway to North Uist. In the 18th century, the 700 strong population was principally involved in the kelp trade, used to produce chemicals for the soap and glass industries. But following the Napoleonic wars the bottom dropped out the market, then poor harvests following by the potato famine caused families to abandoned the island. Many chose emigrated particularly to Nova Scotia. Its current population is around 120.

In the distance is Pabbay, or Pabaigh, which means the Priest’s Isle.
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Date Taken
Friday, 18 August, 2017   (more nearby)
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Friday, 18 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Geological interest 
Primary Subject of Photo
Coast 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NF 9358 8335 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:44.0957N 7:9.0296W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NF 9360 8328
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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