Sheet explanations provide a brief description and interpretation of the geology of the relevant BGS 1:50 000 scale map sheet area. More detailed geological information for the same area is available via the Sheet Descriptions.
Sheet explanations are printed A5 booklets and are available either singly, or as a pack together with the relevant 1:50 000 scale map. Both the more detailed Sheet Description and the book and map pack are available for Melton Mowbray; product codes: Map Pack - EM142SEM; Sheet Description EM142SD.
This Sheet Explanation provides new geological information for the Melton Mowbray area, in the English East Midlands. The central and north-eastern parts of the district are occupied by the Vale of Belvoir. In the south the landscape is more elevated; a 'wolds' landscape of north-facing escarpments and broad, dissected south-easterly slopes which reflect the prevailing dip of the outcropping strata. The rocks at outcrop are Triassic and Jurassic age with a thick cover of Quaternary deposits in places. These deposits conceal the solid rocks over much of the district and were laid down during the Anglian glaciation. Current mineral production in the area comes from sands and gravels of glaciofluvial and river terrace origin and the underground mining of gypsum at Barrow upon Soar. Coal was mined in the area in the past from the Middle and Lower Coal Measures.
Title : Melton Mowbray. Sheet Explanation for sheet E142
Product code : EM142SE
ISBN No : 0852724365
Sheets covered : E142
Author : Carney, J. et al
Published : 2003