Old Red Sandstone


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Old Red Sandstone

n
1. (Geological Science) a thick sequence of sedimentary rock (generally, but not always, red) deposited in Britain and NW Europe during the Devonian period
2. (Geological Science) (in Britain) another term for Devonian
Abbreviation: ORS
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At the Market Cross, west of the entrance to the old red sandstone building, a veteran Ba' player proudly holds ahand–made, brown and black patterned leather, cork–packed ball, the object of everyone's rapt attention.
The sandstones are considered to be derived from Devonian Old Red Sandstone in the Munster basin on the Irish mainland.
It is bounded by cliffs of old red sandstone that rise from 70ft in the north east to 160ft in the south-west and it is frequently battered by storms.
I seem to remember the old red sandstone rock on geology maps at school.
Anyway, folks, located within an old red sandstone church, you'll find Ayr Spice (and, boy-oh-boy, I really urge you to find Ayr Spice) just five miles south of Ayr in the tiny village of Minishant.
Biostratigraphical correlations of Early Devonian vertebrate assemblages of the Old Red Sandstone Continent.
Having been dispatched here for working porpoises, sorry purposes, your correspondent has not touched alcohol all week, though I have become an authority on the local mineral waters - at the moment Ballygowan is trailing behind the originally named Galway Spring, the rather dubious Deep Riverrock (imported from a foreign land, namely Ulster) and the delicious Kerry Spring, my drink of choice all week which gets its unique taste (apparently) from "Atlantic rainclouds that have crossed the coast at Dingle before being filtered further through old red sandstone rock before emerging as pure crystal-clear Kerry mineral water".
Known to experts as Devonian Old Red Sandstone, it varies in colour, at best, the most subtle grey pink.
Rock from this period is called old red sandstone and was the main stone used in the mediaeval buildings of north Warwickshire.
Hugh Miller discovered and explored the fossil fish of the Black Isle syncline, 350 to 400million-year-old rocks, and published the results in 1841 in The Old Red Sandstone.
Limestone to the west and north of the old red sandstone of the Hereford Plain has given rise to exceptionally attractive hilly country with delightful, narrow valleys.