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Out for a walk on Dartmoor, we found a track that led us to the top of these quarries.

China Clay has been extracted from the ground, and this area is now no longer quarried.
But I thought that the scene bore some similarity to a moonscape.

"Kaolin has been mined on Dartmoor since the 1800s and at its peak in the 1980s, Lee Moor was producing approximately half a million tonnes per acre per year.

Combined with the larger operation north of St Austell in Cornwall, Kaolin mined in Devon and Cornwall is the most profitable mineral mined in the UK, as 80% is exported.
That 80% represents 40% of the world's total Kaolin production.
Over the last 15 years the companies that run this site have reduced production.

China Clay still plays a large part in the local economy in South Dartmoor and is still important in the area.

China Clay is used in many things from the manufacture of porcelain and china through to paint, rubber, paper and many other products, even toothpaste.

China Clay is formed by the decomposition of granite which breaks down over time and forms amongst other things Kaolin. This is 'washed' out of the ground using high pressure monitors/water jets to blast it out of the ground."

Two extra shots in the w/s.

Thanks for looking.

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