What Is Shelly Limestone?

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According to the S-Cool website, limestone is a hard, grey sedimentary rock. Shelly limestone is a carboniferous limestone formed from the fossils of sea animals and plants.

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Fossils

University College London's geology department explains shelly limestone is made up of marine fossils such as coral, which are packed together in calcite cement to form a hard limestone rock. These fossils formed between 200 and 300 million years ago.

Uses

Shelly limestone is a tough, almost pure form of limestone, according to University College London. The rock is used in the construction industry, to create cement for road surfaces and as a source of calcium carbonate for the chemicals industry.

Landscape

Th S-Cool website explains that limestone, such as shelly limestone forms a distinctive landscape called karst. A large area of karst landscape is found in the United Kingdom, particularly in the Yorkshire Dales and Peak District regions.

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