Birmingham and Midland Hardware District, Edition: New by S. Timmins

By S. Timmins

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A band of this sand, about a; quarter of a mile wide and 90 or 100 feet deep in some places, runs from Moxley (between Darlaston and Walsall) to Marshend, a little east of Wednesfield. this could be an old river valley, filled up with sand. Patches of red clay also occur about W olverhampton, containing broken fossils from the Lias and the Oolites, boulders of lead ore, and other matters that must have come from a distance, and some of them apparently from the eastward or south eastward. 18 POSITION OF ROCKS.

Round the southern and south-western margin of this anticlinal the Coal-measures lie at a more gentle angle, dipping everywhere towards the south and south-west, in which direction they are also thrown down by a long fault, called u the Russell's Hall Fault," which runs from north-west to south-east, parallel to the direction of the anticlinal ridge, but extending much farther to the south-east. At right angles to this direction, from the southern termination of the anticlinal ridge, in the town of Dudley, a pair of faults forming the Dudley Port trough run to the north-east for about three miles; and it is remarkable that the faults on the south-east side of that trough run mostly north-east and south-west and are down-throws to the north-west, while to the northward of the Dudley Port trough the faults run chiefly east and west, and are down-throws to the south.

With the exception of the water supplied from a distance by the various Water Companies, the only source of the supply of water is the rainfall, and although a large portion of the amount that penetrates the surface falls to a lower level than formerly, and is now lifted to the surface by artificial means, it only makes a somewhat longer circuit without any increase of quantity. The rainfall in South Staffordshire is less than in many places nearer the coast, and has not ave~aged 36 STREAMS AND SURFACE DRAINAGE.

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