Port St. Mary Ledges & Kallow Point - Port St. Mary, Isle of Man
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Mike_bjm
N 54° 04.137 W 004° 44.085
30U E 386481 N 5992584
Port St. Mary Ledges & Kallow Point is a designated Area of Special Scientific Interest("ASSI").
Waymark Code: WMV44K
Location: Isle of Man
Date Posted: 02/20/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
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The ledges are recognised as one of the best rocky shores in the British Isles for marine ecological studies and are one of only two intertidal limestone ledges still remaining intact on the Isle of Man.


The rocks at Kallow Point present useful exposures of the Carboniferous Limestone which in the Isle of Man is limited to the area around Castletown and along the coast between Langness and Port St. Mary.

At Kallow Point itself, near horizontal beds of the Knock Rushen formation consist of thick , fine grained carbonate mud, containing fossils of corals, brachiopods, bryozoa and criniods. The fossilised reamins of animal borrows contribute to evidence that this was once the floor of a tropical sea at a time (350 to 300 million years ago) when the deposits that now make up the Isle of Man were situated near the equator. Ancient ripple marks and over turned brachiopods indicate deposition in a lagoon.

The Knock Rushen Formation is faulted against Manx Group rocks (Ordovician; Manx Group) on both sides of the Kallow Point peninsula and is thus an outlier of Carboniferous rock in the western side of Bay Ny Carrickey. The Formation re-appears on the other side of the Bay slightly to the east of Kentraugh.

An additional feature of interest is the hummocky surface of the limestone below the sea wall, indicating the beginnings of nodule formation. The limestone was extensively quarried for building stone and for supplying limekilns on the site.

The Derbyhaven area has been substantially covered by the recent runway extension. The Scarlett area is subjected to considerably less wave action than Port St Mary Ledges, and so the two areas are complementary as special intertidal sites worthy of protection."

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Parking Coordinates: N 54° 04.083 W 004° 44.317

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