Museum display on potash origin

York Potash have staged an exhibition at The Rotunda which shows how the mineral was formed millions of years ago. York Potash geologist Tristan Pottas, is pictured left with Professor Pete Rawson, chair of Scarborough Museums Trust. 121844b.  Picture by Dave Kettlewell'04/05/2012

York Potash have staged an exhibition at The Rotunda which shows how the mineral was formed millions of years ago. York Potash geologist Tristan Pottas, is pictured left with Professor Pete Rawson, chair of Scarborough Museums Trust. 121844b. Picture by Dave Kettlewell'04/05/2012

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A NEW display looking at the proposed potash development between Whitby and Scarborough has opened at the Rotunda Museum.

The new exhibit, which has been produced by York Potash, the company proposing a new deep mine in the area, explains how potash was formed millions of years ago and the company’s current exploration programme.

The innovative display features examples of potash, a rare mineral which only occurs beneath North Yorkshire, as well as explaining its importance to agriculture and global food supply.

Potash is an essential component for plant growth and without it food would not be able to be produced with the same level of efficiency and certainty.

Tristan Pottas, York Potash geologist, said: “We wanted to celebrate the rich geological history of North Yorkshire and use the new exhibit to explain how potash was formed over many millions of years. Importantly, the new display also highlights the importance of potash today and provides a look at our current exploration activity which is taking place at a series of temporary drilling drills on the eastern edge of the North York Moors.”

Professor Pete Rawson, chairman of Scarborough Museums Trust, which runs the Rotunda Museum, said: “The Rotunda is dedicated to William Smith, who was a practical geologist. Highlighting the development of the latest of many extractive industries that have existed in our area perfectly reflects what Smith was concerned with all his working life.”