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Geosite No 42

Hayes Cutting Lye

This geosite is important for its palaeontology, structural geology, and the nature of the unconformity between the Upper Silurian and Carboniferous strata at the southern tip of the Netherton Anticline. The site is a long roadside cutting behind a metal failing fence and features a dipping sequence of strata including Silurian Ludlow Bone Bed, Upper Ludlow Shales Group Whitcliffe Formation, Aymestry Limestone Formation and Carboniferous Pennine Lower coal Measures. This site is particularly important to geosciences in demonstrating the variability and diachronism of the basal beds of the Black Country Coalfield as it spread across older palaezoin landforms and links directly to comparable section at Geosites 4 and 7.

This site has considerable scientific importance and was used in a collaborative research project some 10 years previously with the Belfast Museum and the Ulster University and is currently of interest for research by the University of Birmingham. Access to the site is by agreement with the landowners and is within the remit of scientific enquiry. This site has potential to be a valuable site for geotourism and geoeducation and is being considered for the planned motor trail of the geology of the southern Black Country.

Geosite facilities

There are no facilities at this site so please bear this in mind before your journey.

 

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