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The West Coast of Scotland – An Island Fortress – A Sea and land Nuclear Death Zone

The west coast of Scotland is one of the most intricate and beautiful landscapes in the world. Children, when asked to draw maps of Britain, usually depict it as a muddle of spikes and blobs reaching into the Adantic. From the Solway Firth in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, estuaries and sea lochs bite far into the high and uneven ground of the mainland. Offshore lie 589 islands, as well as numerous rock islets and reefs. The largest and most westerly chain, the Outer Hebrides, provides a 150-mile-long barrier to the wind and seas which blow and swell, uninterrupted by land, all the way from North America. The barrier means that coastal waters are relatively sheltered. Glaciation has also made them remarkably deep. In the few miles between the island…

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