Saturday, 14 April 2012

Stainton gravel beds, and clay deposits.

The image below i believe shows the same red clay that covers all the areas in the south west Cleveland area and sits directly below the Stainton gravel beds, the first image was taken at Fanny Bells Gill just before its confluence with the river Leven

This image shows what i believe to be a very good exposure of Triassic Mercia mudstone about a mile down river.

This exposure just up river from the image above, is i believe also Mercia mudstone, and is also the site of an old mill that was built upon the Triassic bedrock.

A good image of the bedrock.

This image i think shows Mercia mudstone that has been exposed earlier in time and weathered.

The last image shows the whole natural weir.
 I believe that because the surrounding banks are so steep that what has and is now to be seen, could easily be mistaken for glacial till, but is infact a mixture of individual fluvial layers that have eroded over time with the help of the more modern Leven flow.
More can be viewed regarding tthe Stainton gravel beds by clicking the link below