Sandstone cliff with limonite stain leaching out

Sandstone cliff with limonite stain leaching out

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sandstone cliff. View of a sandstone cliff from which iron-rich limonite (orange, lower centre) is leaching out. The cliff is formed of sedimentary Lower Greensand rock. The sandstone layers were laid down in the Cretaceous period (136-64 million years ago). Limonite is essentially iron oxide. It is not used widely as iron ore for iron production, as it has a high concentration of phosphorus impurities. Photographed in the Isle of Wight, England.

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Keywords: cliff, cliffs, cretaceous period, earth science, geology, geomorphology, isle of wig, isle of wight, limonite, lower greensand, rocks, sandstone, sedimentary rock

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