Monday, 1 April 2013

The Rock and Spindle, 3.621 km. east of St. Andrews. Fife Region.

The 'Rock and Spindle', 3.621 km. east of St. Andrews. Fife Region
BGS image ID: P000250
The 'Rock and Spindle', 3.621 km. east of St. Andrews. Fife Region. The prominent low stack in the vicinity of the Kinkell Ness Vent is a volcanic 'neck' within the Carboniferous Calciferous Sandstone Series. The radiating spokes of the 'Spindle' are columnar jointed basanite (basalt) and are relatively free from xenoliths while the rest of the stack into which the spindle grades without any sign of contact is basalt containing many xenoliths, igneous towards the centre and masses of sedimentary rocks, sandstones and limestones up to two metres across around the outside.

BGS old photograph number: B474. Whole Plate.
Photographer: R. Lunn
Date of photograph: 1895

Bob McIntosh

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