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Location address: United Kingdom, Allerdale, Borrowdale
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Near Borrowdale, a huge deposit of the rock graphite was found, probably around the 15th-16th century near the hamlet Seathwaite, belonging to the Borrowdale parish.
Graphite is a soft mineral derived from the Greek “graphein”, meaining to “write”. It has been used for writing c-snce centuries and you also might know it as a substance of the “lead” in your pencil.
The locals used it to mark sheep. But quickly it was picked up to be used for the pencil industry in nearby Keswick.
What’s more peculiar that this is the only deposit of graphite ever found in this solid form.
As a geologist you might be interested to know that the village and valley of Borrowdale also gave its name to the Borrowdale Volcanic Group rock. The rocks of this group are the rocks of the head of Borrowdale, Scafell Pike and Great Gable.
It is linked to a geological development from the Ordovician period.
Linked themes: Geology
The village of Cumberland Borrowdale also gives its name to the valley of Borrowdale. This valley is located in the central Lake District. The valley is a very popular tourist location providing plenty of tourist accomodation. From here, many people star the climb to England’s highest Scafell Pike.
Borrowdale is a valley and civil parish in the English Lake District in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England.