SK1171 : Calton Hill Quarry

near to Blackwell, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Calton Hill Quarry
Calton Hill Quarry
The site is a olivine-dolerite sill, with columnar jointing (Giants causeway style) along with a rare volcanic vent. 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) is 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
A collection of images relating to Carboniferous volcanics
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2012
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Saturday, 17 March, 2012   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 18 March, 2012
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Geological interest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1163 7139 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.3648N 1:49.6321W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 1161 7139
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