SD8796 : One of the Buttertubs

taken 4 years ago, 3 km from Thwaite, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

One of the Buttertubs
One of the Buttertubs
At the Buttertubs, over thousands of years, slightly acidic water has eaten away the 325 million year old Carboniferous limestone. Rainwater seeps into natural cracks in the rock and over time the cracks have grown into the vertical shafts or potholes we see today. The potholes are 24 metres deep and are continuing to grow as water continues to trickle into them.
The most likely theory for the name 'Buttertubs' is that the potholes were once used as a coolstore for butter carried from farms in Swaledale to the market at Hawes.
The Buttertubs are part of the Cliff Force Cave geological Site of Special Scientific Interest.
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SD8796, 71 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Geological interest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 874 960 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:21.5998N 2:11.7146W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 873 961
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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