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Far Hill Quarry

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Location  Harpur Hill
Primary outflows  evaporation, seepage
Max. length  308 ft (94 m)
First flooded  2005
Settlements  King Sterndale, Buxton
Primary inflows  groundwater
Basin countries  England
Average depth  20 m (66 ft)
Lake type  Quarry lake
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Far Hill Quarry is a disused quarry on Harpur Hill, Derbyshire. It has flooded and became known locally as "The Blue Lagoon". The attractive blue colour is from caustic chemicals in the stone. The quarry lake is a popular swimming spot, despite pollution and its pH level being 11.3, which is highly alkaline (ammonia is 11.5 and bleach is 12.6).

Map of Far Hill Quarry, Buxton, UK

A proposal in August 2012 to fill in the quarry was rejected. In 2013 the water was dyed black to deter swimmers, but as of 2015 the water had clarified and the lagoon has its natural blue appearance again. The water remained a lush blue until it was again dyed black in April 2016.

References

Far Hill Quarry Wikipedia


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