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P number: P001644
Old photograph number: D05494
Caption: Oblique aerial view of the Blindwells Opencast Site. East Lothian.
Description: The site is crossed by the A1 trunk road, Port Seton, and Cockenzie Power Station, with Inchkeith island (formed of Carboniferous lavas) and the Fife skyline across the Firth of Forth. In the top left the site is being restored, and the arable land, bottom and lower left is fully restored to arable use. The generally flattish areas in the upper middle are late-glacial raised beach, with good rich fine sand to clay soils, forming good arable land, but gradually being built on by Port Seton. The coal-fired Cockenzie Power Station on the coast is built on made ground reclaimed from the intertidal flats. In the backfill the colours of each load derive from different materials, white and pale brown is sandstone; pale and dark grey are siltstones and shales; dark brown is glacial till overburden; the black areas are coal storage; the pale brown areas are restored overburden. Inchkeith island (formed of Carboniferous lavas) and the Fife skyline across can be seen across the Firth of Forth, East Lothian. Looking from the south-east. The working opencast coal site, in coals of the Limestone Coal Formation, shows various stages in the process of operation, the working face is on the right while the backfilled spoil is in the centre.
Date taken: 01/05/1996
Photographer: Bain, T.S.
Copyright statement: NERC
Acknowledgment: This image was digitized with grant-in-aid from SCRAN the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network
X longitude/easting: 343300
Y latitude/northing: 673700
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Portrait
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