Where Horizontal meets Vertical at Cullernose Point

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skida on April 29, 2009

Cullernose point is an outcrop of Dolerite igneous rock and forms part of the Whin Sill. At this point on the Northumberland Coast the horizontal strata of sandstone butt up against the Dolerite columns of the Sill.

♫ Russ Hamer on April 30, 2009

There is an amount of such formations around our coast that are quite sobering when you stop to consider the forces involved.

skida on April 30, 2009

I agree with you Russ: It makes our efforts look quite insignificant. The Whin Sill appears at many places throughout Northumberland and Durham. It was much used for defensive purposes with many castles and Hadrian's Wall built on it, but it was hated by coal miners because when they reached it that meant the end of the coal seam.

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