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The many quarries around North Queensferry left deep impressions on the landscape.
Deep Sea World is sited in a former quarry, and the steep cliffs in Carlingnose Nature reserve are man-made quarry faces.

The quarries were created to extract the hard-wearing Dolerite rock which forms the bed-rock of the peninsula.
This tough rocky outcrop resisted the grinding pressure of the successive ice-ages creating the narrow point on the Forth estuary which became a magnet for ferries and bridges across the river.