Field guide to the building limestones of the Upper Permian Cadeby Formation (Magnesian limestone) of Yorkshire

Lott, G.K.; Cooper, A.H.. 2008 Field guide to the building limestones of the Upper Permian Cadeby Formation (Magnesian limestone) of Yorkshire. In: Doyle, Peter; Hughes, Terry; Thomas, Ian, (eds.) England's Heritage in Stone : proceedings of a conference : Tempest Anderson Hall, York, 15-17 March, 2005. Folkestone, UK, English Stone Forum, 80-89.

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The late Permian dolomitic limestones (dolostones), which form an almost continuous outcrop from north Nottinghamshire to the Durham coast at Teeside, have been an important source of industrial minerals for many centuries. They have been quarried extensively for building stone, aggregate and lime for agricultural, industrial and chemical processes (see Buist & Ineson 1992) The limestones, because of their magnesium-rich carbonate mineralogy are perhaps still best known by their former geological name the (Lower) Magnesian Limestone. However, in Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire the limestones are now named, by geologists, the Cadeby Formation (Smith et al. 1986; Fig. 1). Along much of its length, the outcrop is pock-marked by small quarries and lime pits, many now disused and some infilled with waste. Currently there are three quarries producing building stone from the formation in Yorkshire, namely Highmoor, Hazel Lane and Cadeby quarries (Map 1). Many of the most famous quarries of the Tadcaster (Thevesdale) area Smaw’s, Jackdaw Crag, Terry Lug, Hazelwood etc have long ceased operations (Fig. 1).

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2008 > Geology and Landscape England
ISBN: 9780955866005
Additional Keywords: Building stones, Limestones, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 15 Apr 2009 12:42 +0 (UTC)

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