Scotland Located Nowhere near England 410 Million Years Ago

Random piece of information I stumbled upon today: 410 million years ago Scotland and England were on different sides of a giant ocean.  If we could literally manage without the rest of the UK 410 million years ago then we can be an independent neighbour today…  No idea what that bollocks means, but stop being afraid of Project Fear dear Scots, who knows where Scotland will be in 410 million years from now.  Suddenly some fears about delayed pensions, Standard Life moving south, not being on the Security Council and missing Dr. Who have less impact…

Further thought for the day, why could we not have crashed into a more politically compatible lump of rock, say Scandinavia?

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Source: http://www.shetlandamenity.org/shetlands-geology

“Until 410 million years ago, the area of land now recognised as Scotland was separated from England by an ocean wider than the present-day North Atlantic – the Iapetus Ocean. When the two halves of Britain, which were part of separate larger continental land masses, began to drift towards each other, so the Iapetus Ocean began to close inexorably. The seaway between the converging continents narrowed until they collided and mountains were squeezed up in place of the vanished ocean. The two ancient continents, originally on opposite sides of the vast ocean, were now joined along a line known as the Iapetus Suture which runs almost parallel to Hadrian’s Wall.”
http://www.snh.org.uk/publications/on-line/geology/scotland/continents.asp

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