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1 Limestone


3 Limestone scenery Attermire scar, north Yorkshire Scars and plateau


5 Plateau

6 Malham, Yorkshire Limestone pavement


8 Malham, Yorkshire

9 Clints and Grykes


11 Swallow holes


13 Underground features




17 Malham cove Re-appearance stream

18 Malham cove


20 GORDALE SCAR, nr Malham, Yorkshire

21 Dry Valley, Castleton, Derbyshire, Peak District National Park


23 Italian Limestone- the Dolomites

24 Capri

25 Australian limestone

26 Jenolan Caves Just 30km from Oberon, has the most spectacular and best-known Limestone caves in Australia


28 caigana Blow hole nullarbor Australia

29 Limestone in Thailand


31 Limestone in Pang Nga A Famous mark in Pang Nga, deptly named Kui Lin of Thailand

32 Label the diagram of Limestone features Choose from Cavern, Scar, Stalagmite, Limestone plateau, reappearance stream, pot hole, Stalactite, scree, pillar, Swalow hole, clints and grykes, well jointed rock 1 Limestone pavement 7 Stalagmite 2 Scarr 8 Pillar 3 Scree 9 Swallow hole 4 Reappearance stream 10 Well jointed rock 5 Cavern 11 Pot hole 6 Stalactite 12 Clints and Grykes

33 Clints and Grykes Label the diagram 2. Which UK National parks are dominated by limestone scenery? Yorkshire dales and Peak district 3.Describe a carboniferous limestone area. High plateau’s dissected by deep valleys. There is very little vegetation on the high plateau’s and there is exposed limestone pavement. On the edges of the plateau are scarrs (cliffs). At the bottom of these are scree slopes. The valleys are either dry gorges or have rivers running in them. The vegetation is lush around the rivers. 1.Describe the main properties of carboniferous limestone A hard white or grey rock. It is pervious but not porous. It is well jointed. It dissolves in weak acid (rain water) Grykes Clints

34 Limestone – Peak district Boulder clay Dumped by ice during the ice age Shake holes Boulder clay sinks into hollows as limestone dissolved away Dry Gorge Formed by meltwater at end of last ice age Dry river bed Left as the river changes course in the valley floor Rising/ reappearance stream Stream re-appears at the surface Sink hole/ swallow hole Stream disappears down a crack in the limestone Label the diagram Definitions Boulder clay Shake holes Dry gorge Dry river bed Swallow hole Re-appearance stream Cave Limestone Impervious rock Pavement Impervious rock

35 Underground features Label the diagram Acid rain Abrasive stream action percolation Dissolving action Dripping action

36 Ingleton Mapwork: Limestone scenery 1.What evidence is there that this is a limestone area? 2. Find and give grid references for the following: 3 pot holes (look for words ‘hole’ or ‘pot’ 2 disappearing streams 4 scars (limestone cliffs) 2 limestone pavements (look for rocky outcrops –check map key) 3.Describe the relief and drainage of this area of map 69 75 80 72 4.What facilities have been provided for tourists and/ or visitors in the area covered by the map (give map evidence) 5. Suggest why tourists and visitors are attracted here.

37 Relief Drainage

38 Limestone Features Complete the features from the board Limestone pavement Underground tunnels and caves

39 Re-appearance stream Stalactites and stalagmites

40 Dry valleys and gorges At the end of the last ice age all the cracks and joints in the limestone were filled with frozen water. This prevented water passing through the limestone. At this time the melting glaciers produced lots of water which passed over the landscape eroding deep river valleys. As the temperatures continued to rise the underground water melted, which meant surface water could pass through the cracks and joints in the limestone. This left the valleys as dry valleys. Theory 1 Theory 2 The roof on a series of underground caves collapses and leaves a gorge.



43 Summary of Peak district features Complete the diagram from the power point ‘Dark Peak’ ‘White Peak’ Sheep grazing Crags (edges ) Desolate rolling moorland Peat bog Hard millstone Limestone shale Dairying Underground caves and caverns Dry stone walls Limestone pavement Deep narrow gorges Treeless rolling Plateau dissected By gorges limestone



46 Climate and vegSoils/ physical features Land use High plateauExposed rock and limestone pavement. Very little vegetation. Not a severe climate as it is not that high Thin soils. Flat topped Pot hole/ shake holes Disappearing streams Limestone pavement Recreation (walking, pot holing, mountain biking) Plateau edges  Less exposed not very much veg because of the thin soils Steep cliffs on the edges of the plateau called scars with large scree slopes. Thin soils Climbing and abseiling, hang gliding). Water storage in the Dark Peak Quarrying Lower slopes valley floor Warmer and less harsh climate. Deciduous woodland, Oak and Beech but has mainly been cut down now. Rivers cut through the limestone plateaus where the rock is impermeable The soil either side of the rivers is rich and fertile. Streams reappear where impermeable rock begins Farming (sheep in the Dark Peak and dairying in the Light Peak). Water sports on the rivers Settlement and communication links. Sight seeing in towns e.g. Castleton Complete the grid

47 Peak district-opportunities and conflicts

48 White Peak

49 Dark Peak

50 Mining - Tunstead Quarry Largest quarry in Europe, straddles the park boundary Limestone is the main mineral extraction Extensions to the quarry have been resisted by the park authorities Hope Valley cement works provides 700 jobs Mining employs about 10% of the population of the peak district

51 Farming Sheep rearing on the hills of the Dark Peak Dairying in the valleys of the White Peak (sheep on the hills) Moorlands are managed by burning the heather to maintain Grouse numbers for shooting

52 Water storage Good water retaining quality of the Peat High rainfall Close to major urban areas e.g. Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds Water storage only in the impermeable rock of the Dark peak E.G. Derwent reservoir and ladybower reservoir

53 Moorlands are managed by burning the heather to maintain Grouse numbers for shooting Recreation and tourism 1/3 of the park is moorland. They provide some of the finest grouse shooting in the country The moors have to close for a few days a year during the shooting season

54 Walking most popular activity Old railway lines used e.g. High peak and Tissington and Monsul trails Cycling along the Tissington and High peak trails Pennine way (Britains longest distance walk) starts in the Peak district Tourist caves – e.g. Blue John Mine Pony trekingHang gliding Climbing on the grit stone edges Sightseeing in towns like Castleton Recreation and sightseeing

55 Woodland Coniferous forest owned by forestry commission is in and around the reservoirs e.g. Snake valley, Goyt valley. Broadleaf woodland mainly on private land

56 Archaeology 3500 sites dating from 1500 AD Stone age chambered tombs e.g. Taddington Castles e.g. Peveril castle Early industrial remains of textile Mills

57 Settlement and communication Settlement built on flat land - Castleton Roads and railways built through lowlands and valleys e.g. A57 Small towns built up around bridging points Villages and isolated farms spread throughout the landscape

58 Conservation Northern limit of Southern species and Southern limit of Northern species Many areas are SSSI’s e.g. Bleaklow and Kinder Scout Over 800 listed buildings Conservation of footpaths and dry stone walls important Underground features

59 1. Complete the Diagram from the Resource sheet and slides Development opportunities Development opportunityExample Mining Farming Recreation/ sightseeing Water storage Settlement and communication Archaeology Conservation

60 Quarrying and farmers Crops (grass) does not grow as well as it is covered in dust Animals scared by blasting Animals scared by noise of trucks Quarrying and tourists Noise pollution effecting quiet scenery (blasting and trucks) Air pollution from dust Air pollution from trucks Trucks block roads and cause traffic tail backs Causes an ugly scar on the landscape

61 Tourists and conservationists - footpaths 10,000s of walkers each year erode the footpaths and cause scarring Paths are closed in order to be reseeded Pennine Way is attempted by about 10,000 walkers each year Major erosion on Bleaklow and Kinder Scout Tourists and conservationists – traffic (Goyt Valley) Heavy traffic pressure especially at weekends Soil erosion, litter, damage to vegetation, damage to fences Solution – park and ride scheme at W/Es Car parks provided at either end. Only cyclists, pony trekkers, walkers allowed Picnic sites provided at main car parks and only one in valley itself

62 Tourists and farmers Leaving gates open and letting animals escape Leaving litter that animals eat Climbing over walls and fences and breaking them Taking short cuts through fields Letting dogs off leads that chase the sheep parking at field entrances Accidental fires Conservationists and farmers over grazing on heather moorlands causing soil erosion

63 Water storage and tourists Access traditionally limited Over 50 reservoirs built in the area Now 11 reservoirs open for fishing and 5 available for sailing and canoeing e.g. Carsington, Rudyard and Errwood reservoirs Planning permission for sailing on Ladybower reservoir was turned down because of concerns over the rare ducks nesting there Zoning of the reservoir has helped overcome incompatible users

64 The Peak district is the busiest of all the national parks. There are many potential conflicts in the area. Usually these are overcome by negotiated agreement on access between all the land users. From reading the information and watching the slides write down the main conflicts under the following headings. Land use conflicts The people involved The conflict with examples Quarrying and Farmers Quarrying and tourists Tourists and conservationists (footpaths) Tourists and Farmers Water storage and tourists Tourists and conservationists (traffic) From reading the resource sheet and watching the power point write down the main conflicts under the following headings :


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