Story: Rock, limestone and clay

Coal and clay

Coal and clay

In this road cutting south of Charleston on the West Coast, a 2-metre-thick deposit of clay lies beneath a layer of coal. In the past this clay was dug out and used to produce ceramic toilets. Clay and coal are often found together. It is a fortunate mix, as many brickworks used the coal to light the kilns that fired the clay.

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Carl Walrond, 'Rock, limestone and clay - Ceramics and pottery', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5211/coal-and-clay (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 12 Jun 2006