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Obique aerial view looking north-east along the Great Glen from Banavie shows a linear fault-determined glen with glacial basins of Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness and U-shaped glacially scoured valley along the fault line. The Great Glen Fault Zone is one of the two most important fractures in Scotland (the other is the Highland Boundary Fault). It is a major transcurrent fault with a sinistral displacement of about 100 km. Note also the highly developed meandering river system with prominent gravel bars in the foreground. The fault has had a long and debated history, though the consensus is that the main phase of sinistral transcurrence movement occurred at the end of the Caledonian Orogeny (Silurian) with reactivation, mainly as a normal fault, during and after the deposition of the Old Red Sandstone.
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