Greenfoot Quarry

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Greenfoot Quarry
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Greenfoot Quarry.jpg
Greenfoot Quarry
Country England
Region North East
District Wear Valley
Location NY982392
 - coordinates 54°44′54″N 2°1′43″W / 54.74833°N 2.02861°W / 54.74833; -2.02861Coordinates: 54°44′54″N 2°1′43″W / 54.74833°N 2.02861°W / 54.74833; -2.02861
Area 0.9 ha (2.2 acres)
Notification 1984
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Geological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the Greenfoot Quarry SSSI, Co Durham
Location of Greenfoot Quarry SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

Greenfoot Quarry is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Wear Valley district of west County Durham, England. It is a disused quarry, situated in the Wear valley, 1 km upstream from the village of Stanhope.

The site has national geological importance for its exposures of the Little Whin Sill; there are other exposures in the bed of the Wear near to the quarry, but none shows so complete an exposure as Greenfoot Quarry. At the western end of the quarry is a unique exposure which displays columnar jointing in the sill with limestone exposed above and below the intrusion.[1]

At Natural England's last assessment, in June 2006, the site was classed as "unfavourable declining" because, it was noted, the exposure had become covered by vegetation, which obscured the features of interest.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Greenfoot Quarry" (PDF). English Nature. 1984. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Condition of SSSI Units - Greenfoot Quarry". Natural England. June 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2010.