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Report - glencryan fire-clay mine

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by black death, Aug 3, 2007.

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    glencryan fire-clay mine

    i took a walk up to the mine last month ive known but this mine for years
    but had not photograth it befor the mine has been sealed for 10+ years
    i han been in befor this happend. there is a small opening at a near by farm.
    all the outer building where knocked down years ago.
    the mine is in Palacerigg Country Park near cumbernauld.
    this is my first report can yous tell me if it is good or bad.:thumb







    What is Fire-clay?
    Despite its name, fire-clay is a hard rock and has to be mined at depth by blasting and drilling like coal. Indeed fire-clay seams are associated with the geological Coal Measures. Bricks made from fire-clay can withstand temperatures of 1500 0 C without changing shape and without cracking as they cool.
    Fire-clay is thus essential for firebricks for industrial furnaces, and for strong glazed pipes, pots and tiles.
    Legend has it that the Romans fired their tiles and pots from the fire-clay in this area. Glencryan in Gaelic means "Little Clayey Glen". It was not until the early 19th century that surveys determined great beds of fire-clay of a particularly high quality between Glenboig in the west and Linlithgow in the east.
    This clay became the basis of a thriving export industry in the Scottish Lowlands, and an important part of the Industrial Revolution.

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