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Remnants of old plate boundaries in the UK have left their mark on the landscape. The igneous rock granite is common in Aberdeenshire. Granite comes from batholiths, which are domes of cooled magma within the earth. As the land surface becomes eroded, the batholiths are exposed. Granite from exposed batholiths has been quarried over time to use as building materials and for road surfaces. With thanks to 'Conservatoire Regional De L'Image'.
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21 February 2008

Classroom Ideas

Students could become landscape detectives; they could examine some of the intrusive and extrusive volcanic features in the area to determine the geological history of Aberdeenshire. Students could also produce a series of diagrams to explain how a batholith forms.