NJ2957 : Teindland Quarry

taken 2 months ago, near to Altonside, Moray, Great Britain

Teindland Quarry
Teindland Quarry
The unremarkable-looking quarry is in fact a site of great geological significance. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the unique features of the glacial deposits in and around it. The site description says, "Teindland Quarry is a key site for interpreting and dating events and environmental change in Scotland during the later part of the Quaternary period. This period began about 2.6 million years ago when global cooling brought about the onset of the Ice Age. During the Ice Age there were many separate glacial events interrupted by warmer episodes (interglacials) when temperatures reached as high as, or above, those of today. The sequence of deposits in the quarry includes a unique fossil podzol (a type of soil) that formed towards the end of the Last Interglacial (around 120 000 years ago). The soil is developed in outwash gravels deposited at the end of an earlier glaciation. Pollen grains preserved in the soil reveal the presence of pine and alder woodland, followed by heath and grassland. The upper part of the soil has been disturbed by frost-action, which, together with the vegetation changes, indicates a deteriorating climate and the onset of the last glacial period (the Devensian about 115 000 to 11 500 years ago). The overlying glacial deposits, and related deposits nearby, indicate a complex history of glaciation during the Devensian. Teindland Quarry is one of only a few sites in Scotland with deposits dating from the Last Interglacial. It is therefore a site of outstanding importance for establishing the history of environmental changes that occurred in Scotland during the Late Quaternary".
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Date Taken
Saturday, 22 May, 2021   (more nearby)
Sunday, 30 May, 2021
Geographical Context
Geological interest 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 2973 5700 [10m precision]
WGS84: 57:35.8514N 3:10.6388W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 2973 5700
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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