What type of rock is Kynance Cove?

These rocks are types of Serpentinite, and occur with dark grey igneous rocks (gabbro) and stripey metamorphic rocks (amphibolite) along the Lizard coast from Mullion to Porthallow. These rare “Lizard Complex” rocks have intrigued geologists for hundreds of years, and record an ancient ocean.

What are the cliffs made of in Cornwall?

Granite has shaped our landscape. It gives West Cornwall its dramatic cliffs and moors, punctuated with rocky outcrops and boulders.

What is the geology of Cornwall?

The geology of Cornwall, England, is dominated by its granite backbone, part of the Cornubian batholith, formed during the Variscan orogeny. Around this is an extensive metamorphic aureole (known locally as killas) formed in the mainly Devonian slates that make up most of the rest of the county.

How was Kynance Cove formed?

There are a number of small tidal islands and stacks within Kynance Cove which were formed because the tremolite serpentine was broken into blocks and invaded by other types of rock, including granite and basalt.

What is Kynance Cove known for?

Kynance is a unique feature. It`s beach, known in geomorphological terms as a `Tombolo`, connects ASPARAGUS ISLAND to the mainland. It is also famous for its SERPENTINE rock, which is used to carve ornamental lighthouses, ash trays etc and can be purchased from many of the gift shops located in Lizard village.

Why is it called the Lizard?

The name “Lizard” is most probably a corruption of the Cornish name “Lys Ardh”, meaning “high court”; it is purely coincidental that much of the peninsula is composed of serpentinite-bearing rock. The peninsula’s original name may have been the Celtic “Predannack” (“British one”).

Was Cornwall a volcanic?

Promoted Stories. One of Cornwall’s main volcanoes was located where Cawsand, on the Rame Peninsula, currently lies. The area between Kingsand and Sandway is believed to be the only site in Britain where you can see an exposed lava flow of rhyolite rock, which is a type of volcanic rock.

Why does Cornwall have more radon?

There is background radiation everywhere, but Cornwall is on average more radioactive than most other parts of the British Isles because it is built largely on granite, an igneous rock which produces radon more rapidly than most other rock types.

What stone is found in Cornwall?

An “amazing” new type of mineral has been discovered by scientists analysing a rock mined in Cornwall about 220 years ago. The dark green mineral has been named kernowite after Kernow, the Cornish language word for Cornwall.

Is Kynance Cove Tidal?

The tide is currently falling in Kynance Cove Beach. As you can see on the tide chart, the highest tide of 4.5m will be at 9:35pm and the lowest tide of 1.8m was at 3:33am.