Mining Core Samples on Newnes Plateau

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Mining Core Samples on Newnes Plateau

Post by canyoning.cat » 05 Jul 2020, 23:00

Hi, just wondering if anyone has information about the mining surveying that was done on the Newnes Plateau. I remember seeing some drill holes at the Surefire exit (or was it Heart-Attack? I can't recall right now); at the end of the 'firetrail' which I think was actually built to facilitate the drilling...
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Re: Mining Core Samples on Newnes Plateau

Post by T2 » 06 Jul 2020, 08:29

My understanding is that many if not most of the trails around the Newnes Plateau were put in as part of mineral exploration. I'd assume they were drilling to identify the depth, thickness and quality of coal and oil shale seams.

Dave Noble probably has good insights, given early canyon exploration in the 70s and 80s took advantage of these trails.

Keith Muir knows the area extremely well, given his campaigning to have the Gardens of Stone created and expanded. You can reach him at [email protected]. I'd be surprised if he didn't have some useful knowledge.

Another option would be Andy Macqueen.

I'd be keen to hear what you find out.

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