Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Jurassic Coast


Thanks for calling in.

Down on the Jurassic Coast in Devon, Exmouth marks the western end of this World Heritage Site.  Walking away from the town alongside the sandy beach, you can see the tempting sight of a brilliant red cliff in the distance.  You just have to investigate.

The Jurassic Coast stretches for 95 miles to Studland Bay in Dorset where 185 million years of geology is revealed through the sedimentary rocks providing a near complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

The red sandstone sediments at Orcombe Point from the Triassic period show that they were formed in a desert some 250 million years ago.

Following the path up and over the rock, information boards tell you about the area and give you a chance of a breather!

The Orcombe Geoneedle comes into view.  It is built from all types of rocks along the Jurassic coast by sculptor Michael Fairfax to commemorate the area becoming a World Heritage site.

If you press on for 95 miles you will find a varied coastline with bays and coves, stacks, cliffs and beaches. Rocks range from sandstone, clay, limestone and chalk all facing up to the erosion by the sea, some forming cliffs whilst others are washed away. You'll come across fossils at Charmouth, Durdle Door and Chesil Beach.  This site is ranked alongside the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.

We turned round, however, and headed back to town.


1 comment:

  1. It's a wonderful coastline isn't it? I've never seen the geoneedle it looks fascinating:)