Erosion Landform ( 13.Limestone Pavement )

                                                                                                                                                      Back to Erosion Landform

Yorkshire Dales between Ingleborough & Pen-y-ghent.
Yorkshire Dales between Ingleborough & Pen-y-ghent.


  • limestone pavement is a natural karst/ alvars landform.
  • Those are flat.
  • Resembles an artificial pavement.
  • Created advancing glacier scrapes away overburden.
  • Then it exposes horizontally-bedded limestone.
  • Subsequent glacial retreat leaving behind a flat.
  • Limestone is slightly soluble in;

                                -Water
                                -Acid rain

Limestone pavement above Malham Cove
Limestone pavement above Malham Cove


  • Corrosive drainage along joints and cracks produce slabs called "clints" .
  • Isolated by deep fissures called grikes / grykes.
  • The grykes are fairly straight.
  • The clints are uniform in size.
  • The resemblance to man-made paving stones is striking.
  • Limestone pavements develop beneath a mantle of topsoil.
  • Usually exhibit more rounded forms.

Ingleborough Les Binns
Ingleborough Les Binns


  • Found in; 

                -Yorkshire Dales,Northern England
                -Malham Cove
                -Stora AlvaretÖland,Sweden
                -Burren
                -County Clare
                -Ireland
               -Désert de Platé,French Alps


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