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Did you wear white socks on your GC hike? I did, and NEVER was able to get the red dust stain out of them!


I have/had a pair of thick hiking socks like that from my first proper (ie. more than an hour) student geology field trip to Isle of Arran(*).
Never could get the peat stain out of them!

Those leaky boots (cast-me-downs from my father, so they did very well, considering) combined with Arran peat proved to be a good cure for athlete's foot (not sure if that has a different name in the US? it is a foot fungus).
That field trip destroys a lot of student boots.

(*)Arran (not to be confused with the Arun Isles) is one of the larger Hebridean islands - it is located between the peninsular leading down to the Mull of Kintyre, and the Clyde.
It is said that every undergrad geologist in Britain goes there eventually. U.Cambridge take their first years there for the first big field trip, as a good indepth introduction of the field.
I think the oldest rocks we saw were Dalradian (schisty-type stuff, just pre-Cambrian iirc), there's lots of good middle/late Palaeozoic.
Along with Teriary Volcanics (must be one of the most southerly large British Tertiary Province complexes) incl. lots of dykes & the remains of a magma chamber (albeit not as impressive as Skye).
So everything - mapping opportunities, field identification of rocks, fossils (Carboniferous & Permo-Triassic), bit of geophysics, etc,etc.
Interestingly, as it is north of the Iapetus Suture, the Carboniferous is more "American" in nature (two main rock types) rather than British (three main rock types).

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