British slate

Slate is derived from mudstone and other fine-grained deposits, which have been metamorphosed by high pressure and temperature associated with shortening of the earth’s crust; the same forces which formed mountains. It is for this reason that slate deposits are generally located in mountainous regions. In Britain slate is located in the mountains of  Wales, Cumbria and the Highlands of Scotland. Slate is also found in Cornwall, although not a mountainous area,  it did experience crustal shortening associated with the Hercynian orogeny. Slates from all of these areas are still in service on British roofs today,  in spite of the fact that  production has been declining since its peak at the end of the 19th century. British roofing slates are still produced in Wales, Cumbria and Cornwall,  although no new Scottish slates have been produced since the 1960s.

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