Melton Mowbray district - Sheet Explanation for sheet E142

Melton Mowbray district - Sheet Explanation for sheet E142

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, where this map is available.

This Sheet Explanation provides a concise account of the area around Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, and Keyworth. The central and north-eastern parts of the district are occupied by the Vale of Belvoir. It is overlooked from the south by a more elevated, 'wolds'-type landscape of north-facing escarpments and broad, dissected, south-easterly slopes that reflect the prevailing tectonic dip of the outcropping strata. Mixed agriculture provides the main economy of the district, but in the past limestone and ironstone were quarried or mined from the Lower Jurassic strata, and there was limited coal extraction from the concealed Carboniferous strata of the Vale of Belvoir coalfield. Currently, sand and gravel is produced from glaciofluvial deposits, gypsum is mined from Triassic strata and there are two producing oil wells drawing from reservoirs in Carboniferous sandstones.

Author Carney, J. et al

ISBN 0852724365

Sheet(s) Covered E142

Year Published 2003

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