Active Quarries and Pits

Active quarries and pits are ever-changing windows into local geology. They provide a continuously replenished resource of material for investigation, and may provide unique opportunities to study features unexposed elsewhere. The geodiversity interest at such sites includes variations in rock-type, fossils, minerals and structures such as faults and folds. The conservation principle is to provide safe access to geological features for ongoing sampling and study, and to make plans for site after-use which includes geodiversity objectives, for example education and heritage interpretation.

Active pits and quarries may also reveal new finite features of interest, such as rare mineral veins. The conservation principle for such finite features is to record and sample them, and if possible preserve them for long term study.