SK1171 : Carboniferous Volcanics

taken 6 years ago, near to Blackwell, Derbyshire, Great Britain

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Carboniferous Volcanics
Carboniferous Volcanics
The site is a olivine-dolerite sill, with columnar jointing (Giant's Causeway style) along with a rare volcanic vent (right). Volcanic breccias are also in the quarry.

The volcanism was due to Carboniferous rifting events, producing mafic eruptions. What gets geologists excited about this place (which is a SSSI) are the olivine xenoliths brought up from the mantle, possibly unique in Britain.

The site was quarried for roadstone before being filled with landfill.
Volcanics of the Peak District
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Saturday, 17 March, 2012   (more nearby)
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