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Caption: Sandstone from Corsehill Quarry, Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Description: The image shows a cut and polished slab of sandstone showing a regular parallel banded or finely laminated bedding structure. The stone has a relatively fine grain size and a distinctive red-brown colour. British Geological Survey Petrology Collection sample number MC 5835. The sandstone is from the St. Bees Sandstone Formation rocks of the Triassic period. Corsehill quarry was operating in the 19th century, and production continued until closure in 1946. It reopened in 1982. It is known as a source of fine-grained stone, red in colour. Bed heights are up to 1.2m, and in some cases lengths of up to 3m are obtainable. The stone has has been used very widely in buildings and for carving. It was used extensively in Glasgow, particularly for tenement dwellings and in St. James Club Piccadilly 1850; Sick Children's Hospital Edinburgh 1800's; Liverpool Street Station 1875; Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute 1886-90 and 1896-190, restoration of Kirkwall Cathedral 1983; and paving in King's College Chapel, Aberdeen 1983
Date taken: 01/01/2003
Photographer: Bain, T.S.
Copyright statement: NERC
Orientation: Landscape
Size: 132.75 KB; 1000 x 775 pixels; 85 x 66 mm (print at 300 DPI); 265 x 205 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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