NY9266 : Acomb Minewater Treatment Scheme

taken 10 years ago, near to Acomb, Northumberland, Great Britain

Acomb Minewater Treatment Scheme
Acomb Minewater Treatment Scheme
It is hard to imagine now that the Northumberland Coalfield extended so far up into Tynedale, but coal was mined for some fifty years at this site in the early 20th century. The mine was closed in 1952 (long before the coal industry was decimated in the 1980s). An unfortunate legacy was pollution of the Red Burn caused by the overflow of heavily contaminated minewater. This treatment scheme was established in 2001 to deal with the problem. Filtering the water through the reedbeds in the background forms the final stage in the process LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) . The area has been developed as a small recreational area with picnic benches, and the old railway which once served the mine forms an attractive path down to Waters Meet at the confluence of the South and North Tyne Rivers.
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Date Taken
Monday, 14 January, 2008   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 15 January, 2008
Mine (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 927 661 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:59.3877N 2:6.9371W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 926 661
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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