Staffa and Iona, Inner Hebrides, Scotland

Sep 01, 2017 - National Geographic Orion

Yesterday on the Isle of Lewis, we came across some of the oldest rocks in Europe, dating back 3.1 billion years. Today, however, we observed and hiked across the youngest rocks in the Hebrides (50 million years old). As the sun rose, the pastel light revealed the breath-taking basalt columns of Staffa. In the afternoon we made our final landing of the voyage on Iona which looked dapper in the unbroken sunshine against azure blue seas and white-sand beaches. 

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Conor Ryan


Conor Ryan is a congenital ecologist. His career began in the late 1980s, when he developed a keen interest in intertidal ecology, undertaking almost daily field trips to the seashore across from his home in Cobh, Ireland. Though he logged significant hours searching beneath barnacle-studded rocks for eels, his publication record on this seminal research was sorely lacking because he was five years old. As he grew, so too did the size of the marine creatures that he was preoccupied with. 

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