NS5926 : Paired River Terraces

taken 11 years ago, near to Nethershield, East Ayrshire, Great Britain

Paired River Terraces
Paired River Terraces
The branches of the tree point to the deeply incised valley of the R.Ayr. The flat grassy area just beyond the fence in the foreground and the similar grassy area on the opposite side of the valley are both part of the same former floodplain of the R. Ayr and are called river terraces. The glacial till which had been deposited in the valley during the glacial period, has been eroded by the outpouring of meltwater down the valley as the ice melted at the end of the glacial era. The R.Ayr to-day is a misfit stream flowing in a valley which could not have been created by the present river. Because the river terraces are virtual mirror images, they are referred to as 'paired terraces'.
The 2 farms located on the gently sloping land in the distance, are Burntshield and Merkland.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 18 February, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 22 February, 2007
Category
River valley   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 592 267 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:30.8442N 4:13.8443W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 588 257
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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