The Lizard Complex on the Lizard peninsula is generally accepted to represent a preserved example of an exposed ophiolite complex in the United Kingdom. An ophiolite is a section of the Earth's oceanic crust and the underlying upper mantle that has been uplifted and exposed above sea level and often emplaced onto continental crustal rocks. Ophio is old Greek for snake, and lite means stone from the Greek lithos, after the often-green-color rocks (spilites and serpentinites) that make up many ophiolites.The rocks found in The Lizard area are analogous to those found in such famous areas as the Troodos Mountains, Cyprus and the Semail Ophiolite, Oman.
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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