Whitespots is of geological interest on account of its mineralogy, including a range of commercially mined metallic ores.
Minerals were deposited within a fault in the Silurian country rocks by hot, mineral-rich fluids. Minerals including galena, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, baryte, dolomite, calcite and chalcedony are present.
This site is the only occurrence in Northern Ireland of the unusual barium zeolite, harmotone.
- ASSI Guidance for Public Bodies/Competent Authorities
- Coastal Areas of Special Scientific Interest
- Conservation Management Plans for Northern Ireland’s Special Areas of Conservation
- European Marine Sites - Marine Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas
- Management of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
- Marine Conservation Zones
- Marine Protected Areas
- Marine Ramsar sites
- Portrush Coastal Zone
- Special Areas of Conservation
- Special Areas of Conservation for Harbour porpoise
- Special Protection Areas