NT0873 : West Lothian Alps

taken 12 years ago, near to Winchburgh, West Lothian, Great Britain

West Lothian Alps
West Lothian Alps
Enormous shale bing, a by product of an oil shale mine at NT087731. The industry was largely associated with a pioneer industrialist James "paraffin" Young, and flourished in the days before Texas and Oklahoma struck it rich. This was Scotland's first oil boom.
The bings have been since quarried for roadstone, but some survive and are of great interest biologically, as they are like newborn volcanic islands. The once sterile baked rock piles have been colonised by plants and animals, giving a lab for ecologists. Many look upon mine waste as an ugly blot on the landscape, but the West Lothian bings are very much loved parts of the landscape. For an aerial view see NT0873 : Greendykes Bing from the air.
Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Richard Webb and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
+
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
NT0873, 48 images   (more nearby )
Photographer
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 30 August, 2005   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 30 August, 2005
Category
Industrial heritage > Industrial heritage   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 085 737 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8556N 3:28.0028W
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map
+


Image classification(about): Geograph (First for NT0873) · First in 5 Years (TPoint) (about)
This page has been viewed about 418 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · OS Map Checksheet · Geograph Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
NW N NE
W Go E
SW S SE
[Mark
You are not logged in login | register