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Huge open cast pits can be seen, some of which have now been reclaimed and the snow white towering pyramids of this area are known by locals as the 'Cornish Alps'.Mining in Cornwall and the sites associated with it have been recognised as internationally important and awarded the status of being a World Heritage Site.The main mining areas of Cornwall were: St Just in Penwith, Botallack, Pendeen on the Land's End peninsula; mines around Mount's Bay; Breage and Helston; St Ives area; Camborne, Redruth, Gwennap, Chacewater, St Day; St Agnes and Perranporth; Callington, Gunnislake and East Cornwall.Central Cornwall, around the St Austell area, is still famous for the production of kaolin or china clay used in the ceramic industry and in paper.

Today, these stone monuments to a bygone age are appreciated by visitors and residents alike, who study and preserve them and the minerals and techniques associated with this industry.

The geology of Cornwall provides a wealth of variation from the oldest rocks of the Lizard peninsula which could date from as far back as the Pre-Cambrian period over 600 million years ago to Cornwall's most recent geology of the Late Tertiary and Quaternary periods up to 70 million years ago.

Much of Cornwall's geology belongs to two well known periods: Devonian, the rocks being described locally as 'killas' and over 400 million years old; and from the Carboniferous period 350 million years ago.

Even the oldest rocks of the Lizard have undergone metamorphic transition over their lifetime, with the intrusion of igneous rocks.

The famous serpentine stone in its green and red varieties has found its way across the world, taken as a lighthouse or ornament, a momento or souvenir from a visit to the Lizard peninsula.

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