SE5083 : Gormire Lake, viewed from the escarpment

taken 5 years ago, near to Thirlby, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Gormire Lake, viewed from the escarpment
Gormire Lake, viewed from the escarpment
The lake sits on a plateau at the foot of Whitestone Cliff. The lake is fed by drainage, and is remarkably clear. During the last ice age, around 20,000 years ago, an ice sheet pushed its way down the depression that lay between the upland areas of the North York Moors and the Pennines. As it scraped along the western edge of the moors, the tremendous force of the ice gouged out the soft underlying rocks, causing the hard tops to tumble down. The result was a near-vertical escarpment, of the type usually seen at the coast. As the ice melted it left layers of mud along the bottom edge of the cliff, in what are known as lateral moraines. These mud deposits blocked up normal drainage channels causing small lakes to form. Gormire Lake, below Sutton Bank, is the last remaining glacial lake. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Thursday, 14 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 18 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
Ldp (from Tags)
Cleveland Way 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 5031 8323 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:14.5380N 1:13.7709W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 51112 83280
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Glacial Lake  Vale of Mowbray 

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