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Title: The provenance of the Norber erratics, and the formation of post-Devensian-deglaciation pedestal rocks with Carboniferous limestone pedestals in England, Ireland and Wales
Author: Parry, Brian
Awarding Body: University of Huddersfield
Current Institution: University of Huddersfield
Date of Award: 2007
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This study investigates a Devensian glacial conundrum, the provenance of the Norber erratics in North Yorkshire, and the origins of a post-Devensian-deglaciation landform, pedestal rocks with Carboniferous limestone pedestals in England, Ireland and Wales. Investigations to determine the provenance of the Norber erratics were undertaken in a study area of about 2000ha. Mapping erratic dispersal and measuring striae strike revealed that the provenance is Crummackdale, and that Devensian ice crossed over only the Crummack, Sowerthwaite and Austwick formations en route to Norber. Petrographical and physical surveys further revealed that the erratics are derived from the Austwick Formation only, and that provenance is a glacially-plucked ‘amphitheatre’ in the vicinity of the Old Limekiln (SD 770707). Investigations to determine the formation of post-Devensian-deglaciation pedestal rocks with Carboniferous limestone pedestals were undertaken at 19 sites in England, Ireland and Wales, where 162 pedestal rocks and a pedestal rock field were examined. The study was divided into two, the formation of perched and mushroom pedestal rocks. An examination of weathering and erosion processes at Norber, where only perched pedestal rocks with vertical sidewalls are found, revealed that lowering of the inter-pedestal limestone surface has taken place primarily in a sub-regolith karstic environment, and that little or no pedestal formation occurred prior to ca.10000BP. In contrast, the lowering of the inter-pedestal limestone surface about perched pedestal rocks with sloping sidewalls, such as at Scales Moor (North Yorkshire) and the Burren (County Clare), has taken place primarily in a subaerial environment. Moreover, pedestal formation commenced in ca.14500BP in England and Wales, and ca.13700BP in Ireland. The pedestals of mushroom pedestal rocks have formed due to lateral dissolution under regolith that has largely been eroded, probably following deforestation in ca.3000BP.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.515913  DOI: Not available
Keywords: G Geography (General) ; GB Physical geography
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