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The Needles, situated on the Isle of Wight, are part of the extensive Southern England Chalk Formation.
The Needles, situated on the Isle of Wight, are part of the extensive Southern England Chalk Formation.

Chalk (pronounced /ˈtʃɔːk/) is a soft, white, porous sedimentary rock, a form of limestone composed of the mineral calcite. It forms under relatively deep marine conditions from the gradual accumulation of minute calcite plates (coccoliths) shed from micro-organisms called coccolithophores. It is common to find flint and chert nodules embedded in chalk. Chalk can refer to several things or places. ... Download high resolution version (598x797, 40 KB)Unbrilliant but OK piccy of The Needles (IOW). ... Download high resolution version (598x797, 40 KB)Unbrilliant but OK piccy of The Needles (IOW). ... The Needles from the cliffs inshore The Needles is a row of distinctive stacks of chalk that rise out of the sea off the western extremity of the Isle of Wight, England, close to Alum Bay. ... For other uses, see Isle of Wight (disambiguation). ... In this geological map of Great Britain the Chalk is labled 6 The Chalk Formation of Southern England is a system of chalk downland in the south of England. ... Two types of sedimentary rock: limey shale overlain by limestone. ... For other uses, see Limestone (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Mineral (disambiguation). ... Doubly refracting Calcite from Iceberg claim, Dixon, New Mexico. ... Doubly refracting Calcite from Iceberg claim, Dixon, New Mexico. ... Coccoliths are individual plates of calcium carbonate formed by coccolithophores (single-celled algae such as Emiliania huxleyi) which are arranged around them in a coccosphere. ... Coccolithophores are single-celled algae, or phytoplankton, belonging to the haptophytes. ... This article is about the sedimentary rock. ... Chert Chert (IPA: ) is a fine-grained silica-rich cryptocrystalline sedimentary rock that may contain small fossils. ...


Chalk is relatively resistant to erosion and slumping compared to the clays with which it is usually associated, thus forming tall steep cliffs where chalk ridges meet the sea. Chalk hills, known as chalk downland, usually form where bands of chalk reach the surface at an angle, so forming a scarp slope. Because chalk is porous it can hold a large volume of ground water, providing a natural reservoir that releases water slowly through dry seasons. For morphological image processing operations, see Erosion (morphology). ... For other uses, see Clay (disambiguation). ... “Precipice” redirects here. ... Hills redirects here. ... A downland is an area of open chalk upland. ... In geology, an escarpment is a transition zone between different physiogeographic provinces that involves an elevation differential, often involving high cliffs. ... Groundwater is any water found below the land surface. ...


Chalk has been quarried since prehistory, providing building material and marl for fields. In southeast England, deneholes are a notable example of ancient chalk pits. Marls are calcium carbonate or lime rich muds or mudstones which contain variable amounts of clays and calcite or aragonite. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A Denehole (alternatively Dene hole or Dene-hole) is an underground structure consisting of a number of small chalk caves entered by a vertical shaft. ...


The Chalk Formation is a European stratigraphic unit deposited during the late Cretaceous Period. It forms the famous White Cliffs of Dover in Kent, England. The Champagne region of France is mostly underlain by chalk deposits, which contain famous caves beneath the hills. The Chalk Formations of Europe are thick deposits of chalk, a soft porous white limestone, deposited in a marine environment during the upper Cretaceous Period. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... // The Cretaceous Period (pronounced ) is one of the major divisions of the geologic timescale, reaching from the end of the Jurassic Period (i. ... The white cliffs of Dover The location and extent of the white cliffs of Dover. ... For other uses, see Kent (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Flag of Champagne Champagne is one of the traditional provinces of France, a region of France that is best known for the production of the sparkling white wine that bears the regions name. ...


Chalk uses

The traditional uses of chalk have in many cases been replaced by other substances, although the word "chalk" is often still applied to the replacements.

  • Blackboard chalk is a substance used for drawing on rough surfaces, as it readily crumbles leaving particles that stick loosely to these surfaces. Although traditionally composed of natural chalk, modern blackboard chalk is generally made from the mineral gypsum (calcium sulfate), often supplied in sticks of compressed powder about 10 cm long.
  • In lawn tennis, powdered chalk was used to mark the boundary lines of the court. This gives the advantage that, if the ball hits the line, a cloud of chalk or pigment dust can be seen. Nowadays the substance used is mostly titanium dioxide.
  • Tailor's chalk is traditionally a hard chalk used to make temporary markings on cloth, mainly by tailors. Nowadays it is usually made from talc (magnesium silicate).
  • Sidewalk chalk is made of sticks of colored chalk (now mostly gypsum) used to draw on sidewalks, streets, and driveways. It is often done by children, but in many cities, talented adult artists create masterpieces on the walkways.

A chalkboard, with multiple colors of chalk Blackboard Chalk A quadruple chalkboard at the Helsinki University of Technology A chalkboard or blackboard is a reusable writing surface on which text or drawings are made with chalk or other erasable markers. ... For other uses, see Gypsum (disambiguation). ... Calcium sulphate is a common laboratory and industrial chemical. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... This article is about the sport, tennis. ... Flash point non-flammable Related Compounds Other cations Titanium(II) oxide Titanium(III) oxide Titanium(III,IV) oxide Zirconium dioxide Hafnium dioxide Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 Â°C, 100 kPa) Infobox disclaimer and references Titanium dioxide, also known as titanium... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, gracefulness, and kinesthetic awareness, and includes such skills as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels. ... Climbers on Valkyrie at the Roaches. ... This article is about the various cue sports. ... Bouldering is a style of rock climbing undertaken without a rope and normally limited to very short climbs so that a fall will not result in injury. ... Weightlifting is a sport where competitors attempt to lift heavy weights mounted on steel bars. ... Tug of war Tug of war, also known as rope pulling, is a sport that directly pits two teams against each other in a test of strength. ... Magnesium carbonate, MgCO3, is a white solid that occurs in nature as a mineral. ... Talc (derived from the Persian via Arabic talq) is a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate with the chemical formula H2Mg3(SiO3)4 or Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. ... General Name, symbol, number magnesium, Mg, 12 Chemical series alkaline earth metals Group, period, block 2, 3, s Appearance silvery white solid at room temp Standard atomic weight 24. ... In chemistry, a silicate is a compound containing an anion in which one or more central silicon atoms are surrounded by electronegative ligands. ... Sidewalk chalk is large colored chalk used mostly by children in a variety of activites, but is mostly restricted to drawing on pavement or cement sidewalk. ...

See also

Chalk carving is essentially carving in chalk. ... Chalk figure A hill figure is a large visual representation created by cutting into a steep hillside and revealing the underlying geology. ... Pastel is an art medium in the form of a stick, consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder. ... French chalk is an essential ingredient required for the repair of punctured inner tubes of pneumatic tyres, such as are found on bicycles. ...

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