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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Industrial Gems !!!!!

Well this is the findings from a Yorkshire Woodland Today - Although Rainy and you might think not much photograph a quick glimpse underfoot gives some clues to Yorkshires  Industrial past.
Below a Tree in the wet April Rain soon to flourish in the coming Spring but today Drab and Wet

Woods N3216

These unmade paths where close to the old Low Moor Steel Works and all around the area is the recipe for Iron  , Old Wood for the Furnaces, Iron Ore in the Geology and Crude Coal to fire the Furnaces

As the rain water runs over the crude agregate and stone of the unmade paths ablue stone of varying shades is uncovered by the running water of heavy rain this shiny stone has been fired in the furness and which has been discarded as part of the Steel and Iron making process Blast furnace slag is a man-made type of glass, , some of it is .It occurs as orange bands in the black . It is not a Malchite Ore as originally thought

The photo is the blue/milky white from, that and a milky page green being the most common. In Whitby, York and a lot of other places it was remoulded and cast in to brick for roads, Some times made on to small hexagonal road patterns, mainly as pavement edging. Being glass it’s quite hard (hardness 7 or so) and protected pavements edges from damage by the iron on horse drawn carriage wheels. The pure black form of slag was made in to domestic items like cups, bowls, milk jugs etc. 

Malachite N3235

The Tippings from the Iron Kilns where depositted around the district as surfaces for unmade roads in By Gone Days

Malachite N3237

The colours are almost Gem like and various layers formed in the intense heat of the kiln

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