Limestone pavement

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Limestone pavement above Malham Cove

A limestone pavement is a landform consisting of a horizontal surface of exposed limestone showing the effects of weathering. Since weathering action is always more pronounced along cracks and crevices it appears to break up the surface into segments which, if they are roughly rectangular, can give the appearance of an artificial pavement. More usually, however, resulting blocks are less regular. In geographical studies, the weathered fissures are sometimes called "grikes" or "grykes" while the resulting blocks are known as "clints". There terms are derived from the North of England dialect.

Notable examples of pavement are found in the Yorkshire Dales in Northern England, such as those above Malham Cove and on the side of Ingleborough, and in County Clare, Ireland, where there are large areas of exposed limestone.

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