Thursday 17 August 2017

A misunderstanding about Siccar Point

Yesterday Gail announced she was going to Siccar Point.

Oh wow, how exciting, I said. Of course I shall be coming too? It has been such a long time since I went on a geological field trip, and it is the aspiration, surely, of every serious earth scientist, to visit the hallowed ground at Siccar Point where, in 1788,  Scottish pioneer of geology James Hutton, recognised the now famous unconformity as proof of his uniformitarian theory. Come on Gail, hurry up, it is a long drive down to Berwickshire. And don't forget to pack my hard hat. Look, here it is in the bag.

Imagine my disappointment to learn that 'Siccar Point' is also the name of some boring old energy company in Aberdeen and this was where Gail was attending a meeting. And that dogs are not welcome in their offices (although I would have done a fine job of hoovering up the left-over lunchtime sandwiches).

On the upside, Gail has promised that we really will go to visit James Hutton's most famous Scottish unconformity at some time the future.

I am hoping that when she says "some time" Gail is thinking human or even dog terms, and not in Deep (i.e. geological) Time, the concept first developed by our estimable Mr Hutton,

Siccar Point unconformity: Photo by dave souza - Own work, GFDL,


  1. Hi there Bertie! Isn't it disappointing when you think your pawents are taking you on an adventure but then they leave you at home?! I know exactly how you feel. Right now I'm recovering from surgery and mum isn't taking me ANYWHERE.. so disappointing. - Your new friend Morrie!

  2. Bertie I hope with you... dogs and peeps have different opinions about "some time" ;o)

  3. An energy company - what a disappointment.

  4. Hari OM
    Bertie lad... I have reason to believe there is efurry chance that Siccar Point is in your future; certainly long before that sandstone is pebbles!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  5. OK...Let's start a "Take Bertie to Siccar Point" campaign.

  6. Bertie - Shocking to think there are places where dogs aren't welcome. Their loss !

  7. Bertie humans can be so narrowed minded.
    Those folks a Siccar Point need to meet you then they will see what a value asset you could be to the team
    Hugs madi your bfff

  8. How disappointing! Getting you all excited for the big let-down. Oh well, you'll have to hold her to her promise. Looks like a fantastic place to explore.

  9. Well Bertie, if I were you I'd adopt the attitude that if they don't want you in their offices, then you don't want to go ! How dare they !!

    Inca xx

  10. Human dog communication mishaps are common cause the humans just aren't very clear sometimes! I hope you do make it to Siccar Point (the real one) very soon.