NJ5866 : Site of the Marble Quarry

taken 2 months ago, near to Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, Great Britain

Site of the Marble Quarry
Site of the Marble Quarry
The faint path on the left leads down to shore where 'Portsoy Marble' used to be quarried. It isn't a marble, but a serpentinite. Marble is metamorphosed limestone (calcium carbonate), while serpentine is a mineral metamorphosed from ocean-floor rocks with a high content of iron, magnesium and other heavy elements. It is typically green in colour, as can be seen in the rock stack, but the Portsoy one often occurs in a dark red. The 'marble' was much used in decorative architecture, and is still worked for jewellery and small ornaments, which are on sale in the Portsoy Marble Shop at the harbour.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 3 October, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Geological interest  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 5853 6634 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:41.0989N 2:41.8281W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 5858 6627
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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