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Top rocks: Geological Society photo winners

THE CUILLIN HILLS Image copyright GIJS DE REIJKE
Image caption The dramatic Cuillin Hills on Skye are built from gabbros and granites

The British Isles in all their rocky glory are featured in a Geological Society photo competition.

From Giant's Causeway and Lulworth Cove to the Cuillin Hills and Beachy Head - the winners celebrate the society's list of 100 Great Geosites in the UK and Ireland, published last year.

The pictures will go into a 2016 calendar, and an exhibition that will be staged from Saturday.

Details about the 100 top geosites can be found on a dedicated website.

The society and partner organisations are running Earth Science Week all next week, 10-18 October.

Image copyright LOUISE SQUIRE
Image caption The island of Staffa, just west of Mull, is famous for its basalt columns
Image copyright ANNA SAICH
Image caption The iconic chalk cliffs at Beachy Head are part of the South Downs
Image copyright ROBERT MULRANEY
Image caption The limestone Marble Arch Caves in Northern Ireland are a major tourist attraction
Image copyright STEVE MCAUSLAND
Image caption Just 5km long, granitic Lundy stands proud in the Bristol Channel
Image copyright BRENT BOUWSEMA
Image caption Glencoe owes its origins to a massive volcanic eruption some 420 million years ago
Image copyright SARAH BOULTON
Image caption The Giant's Causeway - more basaltic columns, on the far north coast of Northern Ireland
Image copyright CAITLIN BROADBENT
Image caption Lulworth Cove with its Durdle Door limestone arch is a photo favourite on Dorset's Jurassic Coast
Image copyright BRENT BOUWSEMA
Image caption The Neolithic stone circle of Callanish is a big draw on the Isle of Lewis
Image copyright ALAN BEATTIE
Image caption Bendrick Rock in South Wales is a great location to see fossilised dinosaur tracks
Image copyright LYNSEY ANGUS
Image caption Achmelvich on the northwest coast of Scotland is where you can see gneiss, a metamorphic rock
Image copyright PHIL HADLAND
Image caption The design of the Rotunda Museum at Scarborough was suggested by William Smith, the "father of English geology"
Image copyright AUSTIN TAYLOR
Image caption Funzie is pronounced "funny", which certainly describes the Shetland island's convoluted conglomerate rocks

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