NZ0176 : The Great Limestone at Mootlaw Quarry

taken 4 years ago, near to Kirkheaton, Northumberland, Great Britain

The Great Limestone at Mootlaw Quarry
The Great Limestone at Mootlaw Quarry
The Carboniferous era (meaning coal-bearing), roughly 350 300 million years ago was the era, during different periods of which, there was both extensive sea-cover and huge marshy land masses. This led to the laying down of the materials both for limestone and coal, both of which were vital ingredients of the Industrial Revolution.

Within Great Britain the suite of rocks known traditionally as the Carboniferous Limestone Series was deposited as marine sediments.

The limestone visible at Mootlaw clearly shows several indications if its origin and its subsequent changes. The shales that overlie the Great Limestone are notable for a rich and varied fauna of brachiopods, molluscs, gastropods, crinoids and goniatites. The shales have also yielded an almost complete, fully articulated, crinoid: such fossils are almost invariably found in a fragmentary condition.

The limestone has been laid down in beds (layers) over long periods, which have different characteristics, with intervening beds of other materials . And there are many examples of folds ((Geological folds occurs when one or a stack of originally flat and planar surfaces, such as sedimentary strata are bent or curved as a result of permanent deformation).
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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 February, 2016   (more nearby)
Saturday, 9 May, 2020
Geographical Context
Geological interest  Quarrying, Mining  Derelict, Disused  Industry  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0197 7627 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:4.8525N 1:58.2407W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0197 7618
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