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46. The Geology of the Isle of Man (2013) Revised Edition


by Trevor D. Ford, David Burnett and David Quirk

The aim of the guide is to help professional and interested amateur geologists to investigate the rocks themselves and to put them in a modern scientific context. The guide provides an overview of the geology of the island and describes excursions to specific locations with a wide variety of geological features, mostly easily accessible on the foreshore.

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Table of Contents

Overview of Itineraries


Table of Contents


PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
LIST OF FIGURES
LIST OF TABLES

INTRODUCTION

GEOLOGICAL OUTLINE

PREVIOUS RESEARCH

LOWER PALAEOZOIC - MANX AND DALBY GROUPS
STRUCTURE OF THE MANX AND DALBY GROUPS
IGNEOUS ROCKS
METAMORPHISM OF THE MANX AND DALBY GROUPS
CALEDONIAN GRANITES AND OTHER INTRUSIONS
MINES AND MINING
PEEL GROUP
CARBONIFEROUS LIMESTONE
PERMO-TRIAS
TERTIARY DYKES
QUATERNARY

ITINERARIES

I. LOWER PALAEOZOIC - MANX AND DALBY GROUPS
II. GRANITES AND MINES
III. PEEL GROUP
IV. CARBONIFEROUS LIMESTONE
V. SCARLETT VOLCANICS
VI. TERTIARY DYKES
VII. QUATERNARY OF THE NORTH-WEST COAST
VIII. QUATERNARY OF THE NORTH-EAST COAST

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The aim of the guide is to help professional and interested amateur geologists to investigate the rocks themselves and to put them in a modern scientific context. The guide provides an overview of the geology of the island and describes excursions to specific locations with a wide variety of geological features, mostly easily accessible on the foreshore.

Itinerary 1 Lower Palaeozoic – Manx and Dalby Groups
Start point Car park down the narrow lane east of the Groudle Glen restaurant on the coastal road north from Douglas (A11) at SC 420 783. The beach at Port Groudle is at SC 421 782 (Port = Bay in Manx).

Itinerary 2 Granites and Mines
Start point Foxdale granite and Spar Quarry reached by a minor road west of Eairy. A track leads to the entrance of Spar Quarry at SC 288 773.

Itinerary 3 Peel Group
Start point Car park at the north end of Peel Promenade SC 250 845

Itinerary 4 Carboniferous Limestone
The itinerary includes Poyllvaaish, famous for its black ‘marble’.
Start point car park at old Langess copper mine SC 284 659 via the road to Langness Lighthouse.

Itinerary 5 Scarlett Volcanics
Start point continuation from Poyllvaaish (Itinerary 4). 5.1 is just below the ancient earth works at Close ny Chollagh Point SC 246 671

Itinerary 6 Tertiary Dykes
Start point car park at Port Mooar, Maughold Head SC 488 910.

Itinerary 7 Quaternary of the Northwest Coast
Start point car park at Glen Mooar SC 303 894

Itinerary 8 Quaternary of the Northeast Coast
Start point Ballure, Ramsey, park on the pier at Ramsey SC 456 93

Map of Itineraries