Carboniferous limestone pavement, Malham Cove

Carboniferous limestone pavement, Malham Cove

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Carboniferous limestone pavement above Malham Cove, Yorkshire, England. This is an example of clints (ridges) and grikes (fissures), formed when rain water containing carbon dioxide dissolves away the limestone in surface rocks. They are characteristic of limestone regions.

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Keywords: clint, earth science, geology, geomorphology, grikes, limestone pavement, rocks, sedimentary rock, uk, united kingdom, yorkshire

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