Quiz: What is Britain made of?

The UK rocks - in many ways. But do you know the rocks it's made of?

The stone on which Edinburgh was built is very different from that in Conwy. Dig beneath Yorkshire and you won’t find the same materials that form London’s foundations.

There is a rich and varied seam of geology running from the country's tip to toe - but how much do you know about it? Try our quiz and find out.

If all that geological quizzing has left you keen to find out what else Britain is made of, these landmarks may also catch your eye.

Candy cliffs of limestone and chalk

Trips to the seaside are also a handy way of brushing up on your local geology. Hunstanton Cliffs in Norfolk have earned the nickname Candy Cliffs due to their distinctive red and white horizontal stripe, caused by contrasting layers of red limestone and chalk.

Distinctive stripes earned this spot the nickname of Candy Cliffs

Conwy's rhyolite

The town walls of Conwy in North Wales are the perfect place to spot a rock called rhyolite. A type of granite, it is formed from an explosive type of lava. It can be best seen in the upper sections of the eastern walls.

Conwy's town walls are a good place to find rhyolite

Permian limestone in London

Cities can also be a source of geological interest. Permian limestone is found in the north east of England and refers to the Permian period in geology, which started almost 300 million years ago and itself lasted 47 million years. It’s also a well travelled rock - Permian limestone was used to build the Houses of Parliament.

The Houses of Permian - also known as the Houses of Parliament

To find out more about what Britain is made of, take a look at our Bitesize guide.

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