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photoblog image Beacon Hill, Leicestershire   2/10

Beacon Hill, Leicestershire 2/10

Taken from one of the footpaths just below the top of Beacon Hill looking up towards one of the many rocky outcrops. The volcanic rocks are rich in fossils and go back 600 million years, making them among the oldest in England.

Beacon Hill, Leicestershire 2/10

Taken from one of the footpaths just below the top of Beacon Hill looking up towards one of the many rocky outcrops. The volcanic rocks are rich in fossils and go back 600 million years, making them among the oldest in England.

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Very good! I love that kind of geology lesson!
Brian Walbey: Geology was one of my favourite subjects at school. My main job during my working life was accounting in a large office block built next to one of the companies major quarries near where we live so I was able take a look every so often at things like rock strata and fossils etc.. Sadly the office and quarry are now closed and the quarry itself is slowly filling up with water.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Feb 2019, 06:46
Fascinating aren't they
Brian Walbey: Having spent most of my working life being employed by Hanson Aggregates I always find anything to do with rocks of interest.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Feb 2019, 07:33
I like the rocky outcrop; I bet many people scramble up there.
Brian Walbey: The kids in particular like it, we take the easy way and use th footpath round the side.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 12 Feb 2019, 07:40
I rather like the way you have captured that rock Brian.
Brian Walbey: This is a particularly large outcrop almost at the top of the hill.
They look like distant mountains Brian
Brian Walbey: Not very far away but a bit of a steep path up from this side.
I believe there are rocks of several different geologic ages in this one county.
Brian Walbey: The rocks at Beacon Hill were formed from volcanic activity around 700 million years ago and are some of the oldest found across the world. We feel lucky to live so near to some very attractive, and English style, countryside. Because the rock is mainly Granite there are quite a few large quarries in the area and some of the bands of rock strata in the quarry walls are amazing. My main job during my working life was accounting in a large office block built next to one of the companies major quarries near where we live so I was able take a look every so often at things like rock strata and fossils etc.. Sadly the office and quarry are now closed and the quarry itself is slowly filling up with water.
Fine views from the top!
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  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : Where the sun rises first in England
  • 12 Feb 2019, 16:49
Hmmm ...volcanic rocks rarely have fossils embedded in them ...There must be sedimentary rocks amongst them ….
Brian Walbey: I would think there probably is Richard. My main working life was spent in the offices at the Shepshed Quarry on the A512 at J.23 and there were all sorts of strata in the walls of the quarry as they dug deeper and deeper.

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