NT0874 : Faucheldean

taken 6 years ago, near to Winchburgh, West Lothian, Great Britain

This small community is dominated by the huge Greendykes Bing.
Oil shale bings :: NT0575
The shale oil bings of central Scotland are noted for their size and colour. The reason for the size is due to two principal factors.
The first is the volume of rock which had to be extracted to produce a given amount of oil. Typically shales contain about 12 to 25% volatile content, so between 75% and 88% is waste.
The second is that the extraction process lends itself to being concentrated in large scale works, rather than being carried out at individual mines, so a single bing represents the output of several mines. The nature of the substance meant that little waste would be tipped at the pit head. The oil, principally ending up as paraffin or similar products, is extracted by heating the shale at high temperatures to drive out the volatile hydrocarbons. The high temperatures give the residue its red colour, in the same way that bricks are typically red after firing. The waste is now virtually inert, which has the result that vegetation finds it hard to gain a foothold.
It is noticeable that older bings where the extraction process was perhaps less efficient tend to have more growth.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 9 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 30 June, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Village, Rural settlement  Industry 
Former (from Tags)
Shale Oil Industry  Spoil Tip 
Housing (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 0805 7414 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.0876N 3:28.4440W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 0801 7414
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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