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Oblique aerial view of Greendykes Shale bing, Broxburn.

SC 1681382

Description Oblique aerial view of Greendykes Shale bing, Broxburn.

Date 1991

Collection RCAHMS Aerial Photography

Catalogue Number SC 1681382

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of B 71538

Scope and Content Aerial view of shale bings at Broxburn and Faucheldean, West Lothian These shale bings are mounds of processed shale. This was the waste-product of the shale-oil extraction at the nearby Broxburn Oil Works, founded after the discovery of oil shale there in 1858. Shale-bings are normally flat-topped. Many of the bings in the West Lothian area have now been landscaped into low grassy or tree-topped mounds. The process for producing oil by heating shale was developed in the 1860s by James Young. It was an adaptation of an earlier method for extracting oil from bituminous or 'cannel' coal, patented by Young in 1850. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


File Format (TIF) Tagged Image File Format bitmap

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Collection Level (551 177) RCAHMS Aerial Photography

Sub-Group Level (551 177/16) 1991 Photographs

>> Item Level (SC 1681382) Oblique aerial view of Greendykes Shale bing, Broxburn.

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