Cheshire Plain, Cheshire
Geologically, the Plain is the surface expression of the Cheshire Basin. This a deep sedimentary basin extending north into Lancashire and south into Shropshire . This landscape is the result of the passage of vast ice-sheets across the area in the last ice age. When the ice sheets melted away, between 20,000 and 15,000 years ago, they left behind a thick cover of glacial till and extensive tracts of glacio-fluvial sand and gravel. Today the Cheshire Plain is a mainly rural region, with dairy farming being the main form of agriculture. The result is a typical English landscape of fields enclosed by hedgerow.
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