Why Siccar Point?

Siccar Point is a headland on the North Sea coast of the Scottish Borders and is regarded by many as the most significant site in the emergence of the science of geology.

The site is famous for Hutton’s Unconformity, a classic example of one set of strata (in this case Old Red Sandstone) lying unconformably ie at a sharply different angle to the rocks beneath (steeply dipping Silurian aged greywackes). Siccar Point’s fame stems from a visit in 1788 by James Hutton, later hailed as the ‘Father of Modern Geology’. In these outcrops he saw the immense periods of time and

colossal tectonic forces that must have existed in order to have created this geological snapshot. It became the classic site used to argue for deep geological time and by inference against the much shorter timelines that was the received wisdom of the day.

Hutton’s work was an inspired piece of evidence based and contrarian thinking. When first published he encountered hostility from many of the natural scientists of the day. However the strength of his reasoning and the tenacity of his character won the day. We can think of no better inspiration for a new E&P company seeking to find value beneath the waves of the North Sea that break on Siccar Point.