Nature Gallery

Wales in the making

Wales - 500 Million Years In The Making

A selection of images that highlight the geology and geomorphology of Wales.

With a career as a Geologist I couldn't resist presenting a gallery of images that highlight some of the fantastic geology of Wales.

The Bigger Picture Where we sit in the grand scheme of things. The Perseid meteor shower and the Mikly Way above Porth Cwyfan, Anglesey.
The Lady Cave anticline Chevron folded Carboniferous sandstones, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire.
Pillow Lava Some of the oldest rocks in the World, the Pillow Lava at Newborough on Anglesey and here at Porth Dinllaen.
When molten lava erupts into cold sea water, balls or pillows are formed.
Pistyll Rhaeadr The 270ft Falls are one of the seven Wonders of Wales. Formed by a band of resistant intrusive volcanics, overlying softer Silurian mudstones.
The Gwna Mélange The Gwna Mélange. Mixed blocks of schist and limestone, within a thrust zone. This is considered to represent deformation at a destructive plate margin. Aberdaron, Wales.
Borth, Submerged Forest Cantre'r Gwaelod
Kink Bands Kink bands in chlorite schist, Nefyn, Wales
The Church Doors An arch in near vertically bedded Carboniferous Limestone, Manorbier, Pembrokeshire
The Cilan Head Monocline A faulted monocline in Cambrian and Ordovician sediments. Abersoch, Wales.
Cwmorthin Slate The slate mines of Cwmorthin, Wales
The Elegug Sea Stacks Sea stacks of Carboniferous Limestone near Bosherton, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
The Dunraven Fault The Dunraven Fault. A large reverse fault that juxtaposes Jurassic (left) vs Carboniferous (right).
The Three Chimneys Vertical bedding in Silurian Sandstone, Marloes, Pembrokeshire
Monocline A monocline in Carboniferous Turbidites?, Broadhaven, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Roche moutonnée A roche moutonnée with an erratic near Llyn Cau, beneath Cadair Idris, Wales.
Peeling back time Joint patterns and bedding development in Jurassic (Lias) Limestone, Nash Point, South Glamorgan, Wales.
Gold in the gravel There is gold in the gravel within which Salmon and Trout lay their eggs. Dolgellau, Wales
The Glacial Till Cliffs at Hells Mouth The Quaternary (Devensian) cliffs of glacial till at Porth Neigwl or Hells Mouth, Llyn.
St Govan's Chapel The Carboniferous Limestone and tiny chapel of St Govan, Bosherton, Pembrokeshire.
Mountain Stream A high energy mountain stream, Capel Curig, Snowdonia, Wales.
The Brecon Beacons The Devonian escarpment along the Brecon Beacons.
The Anthropocene What the Victorians built. A dam wall in the Elan Valley, Rhayader.
Little Haven Fold A large anticline exposed at Little Haven, Pembrokeshire.