The Jurassic Coast . . .

. . . stretches for 95 miles from East Devon and all along the Dorset coastline. It isn’t just Jurassic, parts are Triassic and Cretaceous, each with different rock types. It’s a fossil hunters paradise, especially after one of the frequent landslides, with Charmouth and Lyme Regis areas the most likely places to find a little gem.
My end of the Jurassic coast is Exmouth, the furthest point West, where we have red sandstone that stretches along past a couple of estuaries and then abruptly changes to chalk at Beer and Lyme Regis. At Lyme you can look one direction and see chalk cliffs and east towards Charmouth, where the fresh landslides reveal fossils, in soft dark, grey, rock that feels almost like clay at times. Chalky stuff returns at Durdle Door and Lulworth.

The west end of the Jurassic coast
The west end of the Jurassic coast
The chalk begins
The chalk begins
Here you will walk large fossils in the rocks
Here you will walk on large fossils in the rocks
Like these!
Like these!
Lyme Regis looking east
Lyme Regis looking east
An area of recent slips
An area of recent slips
Here the fossils you find on the beach are in soft grey rock and mostly ammonites
Here the fossils you find on the beach are in soft grey rock and mostly ammonites
Further east the unspoilt beach at Eype
Further east the unspoilt beach at Eype
Layers of rock laid down overcountless  millenia at Lulworth cove
Layers of rock laid down overcountless millenia at Lulworth cove

So this is the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, a geological walk back through INFINITE time and its my entry for this weeks photo challenge, as well as an excuse to show off the beautiful of South West of England!

Join in at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/photo-challenge-infinite/

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39 thoughts on “The Jurassic Coast . . .

  1. Such beautiful pictures, such a beautiful place. The first one, with the tiny waterfalls, is lovely, but the photo that made me lean back, whisper “Wow!”, and stare for several minutes was the fourth one, the picture of ammonites on the beach. Wow.

  2. Wonderful photos on a fabulous subject, rocks and fossils are fascinating …. we just saw an excellent program about the movements of the earth’s crust, called The Rise of the Continents … it is a wonder he was not standing on your Jurassic coastline illustrating some of his points! The last one is terrific, the still deep blue with great dinosaur rocks looming up!

  3. Gilly this is a wonderful post, and its perfect for the theme of infinate. We have a fossil coast here in Lothian too, and I love the feeling of walking over fossils of plants and molluscs which were living fo far in the past…..we are truely tiny specks in the infinate span of earths life 🙂 This helps to keep everything in presrpective!

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