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NT0263 :: West Calder Burn

Taken 11 months ago by Ian Dodds near Polbeth, West Lothian, Scotland

West Calder Burn by Ian Dodds
West Calder Burn

The picture is looking downstream. In a bit under a mile the burn joins Harwood Water to form Killandean Burn which quickly flows into the River Almond. The banks on the left side of the picture are very steep, as a result of there being a spoil heap here, formed by the shale mining waste of Polbeth no.8 pit. This pit was operational from the 1860s to the 1900s, and was accessed by a vertical shaft over 250 feet deep. As well as the common smaller fragments of spent shale, some larger pieces of unused shale were on the ground slightly upstream from here by an uprooted tree.
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Subject Grid Square NT0263
Subject Lat/Long 55.856495,-3.567125 (click to view more nearby images)
Near Polbeth, West Lothian, Scotland
Photographer Ian Dodds
Taken 20201108 202011 2020 (about 11 months ago)
Submitted 2020-11-08
Context Rivers, Streams, Drainage · Quarrying, Mining · Waste, Waste management ·
Subject stream ·
Group West Calder Burn · Harwood Water ·

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