Lime and Ice Project : an overview of the geology and geomorphology of part of the Hambleton and Howardian Hills for the North York Moors National Park Authority

Powell, J.H.; Ford, J.R.. 2011 Lime and Ice Project : an overview of the geology and geomorphology of part of the Hambleton and Howardian Hills for the North York Moors National Park Authority. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 20pp. (CR/11/099N) (Unpublished)

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This report provides an overview of the geology and landscape that characterises the Hambleton Hills and part of the Howardian Hills that together comprise the North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) ‘Lime and Ice’ project area. This outreach and community project is centred on the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre and aims to inform and excite visitors about the geology and landscape of this beautiful area. Underpinning an understanding of the natural history and the development of the area is an appreciation of the geological evolution of the Jurassic bedrock geology (‘lime’) and the impact of the last ice-age (‘ice’) that left a thin veneer of overlying glacial deposits over part of the area. A 200 million year geological history that records ancient shallow seas, rivers and deltas, major earth movements and the later impact of major glaciations, especially the last ice-age, is brought to life here to illustrate the dynamic Earth history and our more recent influence on the landscape. The report covers the geographic scope of the ‘Lime and Ice’ Project area (Section 1) which includes part of the North York Moors National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the Coxwold-Gilling gap sandwiched between these designated areas. An overview of the geomorphology of the area (Section 2) comprising the upland moors of the Hambletons Hills, the low ground below the main escarpment and the rolling Howardian Hills sets the scene. The main part of the report (Section 3) describes the geological history and resources of the Jurassic rocks in the area in the context of the wider Cleveland (Yorkshire) Basin, with special reference to the local outcrops and landscape features. This is followed by a description of the influence of the last ice-age and subsequent post-glacial mass movement features that have sculpted and moulded the landscape that we appreciate today. The later sections cover the major Earth movements that have folded, faulted (displaced) and uplifted the rocks during the last 200 million years (Section 4) and the Section 5 provides an overview of our human exploitation of the natural geological resources of the area. A bibliography of source material and further reading is provided. Technical and/or geological terms are highlighted by grey shading; these may require further explanation for the nonspecialist in a Glossary depending on the knowledge of the intended audience and advice from the NYMNPA.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Geology and Landscape (England)
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey, North York Moors National Park Authority
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Report made open by author in January 2018. This item has been internally reviewed, but not externally peer-reviewed.
Date made live: 15 Feb 2018 13:18 +0 (UTC)

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