High Cup Nick

July 05, 2012

High Cup Nick (2)

: Rob Lawley
Summary Author: Rob Lawley
The High Cup Nick pictured above is a beautiful U-shaped valley in the Pennine range of northern England. A number of geological processes are exhibited here. For example, a basalt sill was injected into country rock (limestone) about 300 million years ago and exposed by a glacier as recently as 10,000 years ago. Glacial ice gouges out valleys, resulting in steepening, deepening and widening. A waterfall accents the head of the High Cup. The High Cup is great for hiking -- it makes for a nice walk on a sunny day. Photo taken on September 17, 2011.