NS3778 : Old quarry pit

taken 4 years ago, near to Renton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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Old quarry pit
Old quarry pit
Note the power lines, as depicted on the OS map, which confirm the view direction.

The pit in the foreground is a relic of quarrying. The satellite map (see the end-note) shows, as pale blue lines, the course of several lines of cornstone deposits underlying this muir. This pit is on the southernmost such line on that satellite map, and is at about its western extremity, the point where visible traces (such as pits and outcrops) of this line of deposits seems to peter out. If there were any such features much further west, agriculture would have obliterated most or all of them.

In the satellite map linked from the end-note, this site is indicated by a light blue marker pin, labelled "Quarry Pit 10". See LinkExternal link for a zoomed-in view that is centred on that marker.

The background of the picture includes: at far left, the housing estates (NS4079) above Bonhill; centre to right, NS4376 : The Long Crags, the facade of the Kilpatrick Hills; further to the right, NS4274 : Dumbuck Quarry and part of the River Clyde.
Carman Muir: outcrops and old quarry pits
See LinkExternal link (in a Geograph article) for further information, and LinkExternal link for an annotated satellite view on which various features of geological interest (as well as traces of associated industries and other antiquities) are marked, as described below.

The topography of the parts of Carman Muir to the south of Cardross Road is determined to a large extent by cornstone deposits, which outcrop in places. Cornstone is an impure granular limestone, a fossil soil. Old quarry pits (probably worked before the nineteenth century) and possible test pits can be seen along the lines of these deposits; they are indicated by light blue marker pins on the annotated satellite view, and the cornstone outcrops are marked by orange pins.

This area, lying to the south of Cardross Road, exemplifies what the British Geological Survey refers to as the Kinnesswood Formation (see LinkExternal link at the BGS website for more information); this formation contains cornstone deposits.

Beside and to the north of Cardross Road are outcrops of sandstone rather than cornstone. The sandstone is best seen along a line of outcrops and pits beside the road (these are indicated by reddish marker pins on the annotated satellite view). Another prominent example lies at the ENE end of that line: a large disused red sandstone quarry, the old Fairy Knowe Quarry (later known as Carman Quarry) LinkExternal link at NS36967900. This area beside and to the north of the road exemplifies the Stockiemuir Sandstone Formation (see LinkExternal link at the BGS website for further details).

Both north and south of the road, the strata in this area generally dip at an angle of from 10 to 20 from the horizontal, descending towards the SSE; the Stockiemuir Sandstone Formation that is exposed beside and to the north of the road underlies the cornstone-containing Kinnesswood Formation to the south of the road.

The annotated satellite view also includes markers for various antiquities in the area:

● Ancient cairns: LinkExternal link
● Hut circle: LinkExternal link
● Carman (house): LinkExternal link
● Carman (enclosure): LinkExternal link
● Carman (field system): LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 February, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 1 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused  Moorland 
Primary Subject of Photo
Pit 
Landmark (from Tags)
Dumbuck Quarry  The Long Crags 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3738 7832 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.2152N 4:36.4362W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3737 7833
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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