NT0871 : Farmland near Broxburn

taken 11 months ago, near to Broxburn, West Lothian, Great Britain

Farmland near Broxburn
Farmland near Broxburn
Fields between the M8 motorway and Broxburn. Buildings of Learielaw Farm just visible on the right-hand side. The large hill is Greendykes Bing. the largest of the 3 shale bings lying to the north east of Broxburn.
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
Saturday, 3 August, 2019   (more nearby)
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Friday, 26 June, 2020
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
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Panasonic Lumix TZ60 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 087 713 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.6137N 3:27.7062W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 088 710
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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