After 200 years of the legends of the Loch Ness monster, could science be to blame for this lake mystery? Italian geologist, Luigi Piccardi, reports that the Great Glen fault system might be the cause for the fabled tales and sightings.

The Great Glen fault is aligned northeast to southwest and extends about 62 miles, splitting the Scottish Highlands into northern and southern halves. This strike-slip (transcurrent) fault was formed near the end of the Caledonian orogeny era. The erosion along the fault zone during the Quaternary glaciation period is what formed the deepest freshwater lake in Britain, the Loch Ness.

The Great Glen fault has initiated several magnitude 3 and 4 earthquakes over the past centuries. Sightings of the Loch Ness monster coincide with the Great Glen fault’s periods of seismic activity. Activity of the fault could include ground tremors and bubbling of the lake water, characteristics that have been reported along with Loch Ness monster sightings.

With the advancement of technology, many theories as to the Loch Ness mystery have been produced but no theory has been proved to be the ultimate cause for the reported sightings and stories. Could this scientific theory be the end of the Loch Ness mystery?

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