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[Travel Guide] Discovering volcanic Britain [Copy link] 中文

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Just like Yellowstone Park, Britain is home to a supervolcano.
Although there is a crucial difference – Britain’s is extinct. It erupted 420million years ago. Still, its dramatic remains can be seen at Glen Coe in Scotland.
Here MailOnline Travel presents this and other former volcanic hot spots you can visit in Britain, including Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and Lindisfarne, with expert insight from Professor Emeritus Peter Styles, Professor of Applied and Environmental Geophysics at Keele University.



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Professor Styles explained that the origin of its protruding basalt rock formations can be traced back 55million years to the plate tectonic movements associated with the formation of the Atlantic Ocean.
Back then, Ardnamurchan was a major volcanic area.
Today it has European Geopark status and is a popular area for fossil hunting and for university geological training courses.
One of its only access points is a single track road – perfect for cyclists and walkers seeking an escape.



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North Berwick Law is a volcanic plug – an object created from hardened magma in a volcanic vent - that rises from the surrounding landscape in dramatic fashion.
It overlooks the East Lothian town of North Berwick and stands at 613ft (187m) above sea level.
The summit bears remnants of an Iron Age hill fort, and the ruins of later military buildings that were once used by lookouts in both the Napoleonic Wars, and in World War II.




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Arthur’s Seat is the highest peak in the city of Edinburgh and is a long extinct volcano thought to have first erupted 350million years ago, during the Carboniferous period. Professor Styles explained that at this time, the British Isles was ‘trying to split apart rather like the current East African Rift, but along the Midland Valley of Scotland’.
The Seat offers panoramic views over the city and the walking trails are popular with ramblers, joggers and dog owners alike.
Try walking it at dawn or dusk, to see either the sun rising or setting over the capital.



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