Dunes on exposed gneiss, Uig Sands

Dunes on exposed gneiss, Uig Sands

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An exposed outcrop of Lewisian gneiss on the shore at Uig on the Isle of Lewis has the barest covering of sand.  Tough marram grasses (Ammophila arenaria) perched on top are capable of growing in the shallowest of wave-battered sands.