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Easter Rova Head

The easternmost point of Rova Head on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland, Easter Rova Head demarks the northern termination of Bressay Sound, 2½ miles (4 km) north of the centre of Lerwick. The rocky headland is actually an island, separated from the shore during all but low tides. The Easter Rova Head Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) extends to around 3.5 ha (8.6 acres) and was designated in 1987 due to its geological importance. The rocks here comprise sandstones and coarse conglomerates of Devonian (Old Red Sandstone) age. These represent an alluvial fan at the edge of a desert basin, with conglomerates which contain sizeable rounded pebbles of granite and Dalradian metasediments deposited by an ancient river.


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