Sinkhole above Malham Cove, Airedale, England

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Ian Stehbens on April 19, 2008

Just a kilometre upstream Malham Tarn issues confidently into Malham Beck. The 20Ha lake is underlain by impervious Silurian slate but as the beck flows onto the Great Scar limestone, sink-holes, small and large receive the discharge. The water then flows out from beneath the cliffs at the edge of the limestone, forming the embryonic River Aire.

The lower section of Malham Beck riffles through the village of Malham and shortly after is joined by Goredale Beck, and from this confluence is known officially as River Aire.

juan jose romero on April 19, 2008

Dear Ian, thanks for the very interesting lesson (not easy to follow to me...:) River Aire, sounds funny: no doubt you know that Aire is te spanish for Air Have a nice weekend! Juan José

Ian Stehbens on April 19, 2008

Dear JJ,

It is lovely to receive a message from you to inspire my weekend. I thought you may like to know that the model is Margaret, and she often asks me _"How are Juan José and Panú?".-

This piece of English landscape is on limestone, like much of Spain. And all I said above was that the water flows from a lake onto limestone than diappears underground till it flows out of a cave to start a river.

The River Aire is the river that flows through Leeds and so once carried huge volumes of industrial cargo.

Sincere greetings,


PS: Thankyou for more uploads of spectacular colour!

juan jose romero on April 19, 2008

Hi Ian, Please tell Margaret that Panú and I are pleased to have met her!!:) Thank you so much, JJ

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