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An historical and petrological assessment of Pitairlie Quarry, Angus

Everett, Paul A.; Tracey, Emily A.; Albornoz-Parra, Luis; Gillespie, Martin. 2011 An historical and petrological assessment of Pitairlie Quarry, Angus. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 25pp. (OR/11/009)

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Abstract/Summary

Pitairlie Quarry, near Monikie in Angus, Scotland probably began operating in the mid 19th century, exploiting layers of sandstone and siltstone within the Dundee Flagstone Formation (part of the Old Red Sandstone Supergroup). The flaggy stone lends itself to paving, and much of the product was probably used for this purpose. Many other quarries in the local area, including the relatively well known and much bigger Carmyllie Quarry, have exploited the same geological formation to supply significant volumes of building stone in the past. Pitairlie Quarry ceased operations in 1915 but has been recently re-opened by the Denfind Stone company. Operations at the quarry currently consist of stone recycling from spoil heaps, but the owners intend to submit a planning application to extract reserves of in-situ stone. This report describes the historical development of quarrying at Pitairlie and presents a petrological assessment of the stone, to inform the planning application. Stone from the Dundee Flagstone Formation, in particular from Carmyllie Quarry, has been important historically for building and paving, both in the local area and further afield. Pitairlie stone shares many of the petrological characteristics of Carmyllie stone (though they can both vary somewhat in colour), and should in many cases provide a good substitute for Carmyllie stone where repairs are required.

Item Type: Publication - Report (UNSPECIFIED)
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Minerals and waste
Funders/Sponsors: Scottish Stone Liaision Group
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed but not externally peer-reviewed
Date made live: 04 May 2012 12:33
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/17966

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