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HRS 1178 Looking from Sumburgh towards Fitful Head

The Shetlands have some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the Britain. The view looking north-westward towards Fitful Head is taken from Sumburgh, famous for its puffins and lighthouse. Fitful Head or specifically Garth's Ness was the site of the Braer disaster when on 5th January 1993 over 84500 tonnes of oil spilled on to the pristine Shetland shoreline when the oil tanker ran aground. The rocks in in the area are the Old Red Sandstone and fossil ripple marks are often visible testifying to its origins. KH
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Keywords:1993, braer, disasters, geology, oil disasters, scotland, seascapes, shetland Islands, shetlands, ships, shipwrecks, sumburgh

HRS 1178 Looking from Sumburgh towards Fitful Head