Quarrying

Rocks like: granite, sandstone and slate are quarried (taken out of the ground). Quarries are usually found in upland areas.

Hermitage Quarry - 17.09 (3)

Quarrying has major impacts on the local environment:

Landscape People Wildlife
blocks out light
spoils the view
loose rocks can be dangerous
gravel heaps may fall
dust from blasts pollutes the air
lorries cause noise and make narrow country roads dangerous
loss of farmland
loss of habitats
noise and vibrations
dust from blasts might kill them

When quarrying has finished, the land is often improved by making it safe and attractive for people and wildlife to visit again.