SD8964 : Gordale Limestones at Malham

taken 1 month ago, near to Malham, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Gordale Limestones at Malham
Gordale Limestones at Malham
Limestone pavement is a natural karst landform consisting of a flat, incised surface of exposed limestone that resembles an artificial pavement. The term is mainly used in the UK where many of these landforms have developed distinctive surface patterning resembling paving blocks.
Conditions for limestone pavements are created when an advancing glacier scrapes away overburden and exposes horizontally-bedded limestone, with subsequent glacial retreat leaving behind a flat, bare surface. Limestone is slightly soluble in water and especially in acid rain, so corrosive drainage along joints and cracks in the limestone can produce slabs called "clints" isolated by deep fissures called "grikes" or "grykes". If the grykes are fairly straight and the clints are uniform in size, the resemblance to man-made paving stones is striking, but often they are less regular.

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Date Taken
Monday, 9 October, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 25 October, 2017
Geographical Context
Geological interest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8960 6415 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:4.3904N 2:9.6255W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 8962 6413
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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