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Orcombe Point, Jurassic Coast Devon

June 30, 2009

in Devon coast

Orcombe Point marks the western edge of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site. It rises here outside Exmouth in Devon with red sandstone cliffs and stretches 95 miles into Dorset to end at the striking white chalk of Old Harry Rocks. This coastline gives a unique and, at times, spectacular insight into Earth Sciences with its clear display of geology from Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The rocks here at Orcombe Point represent the oldest rocks in the sequence, with red sandstone formed from sand dunes in an ancient desert.

The broken steps leading to the beach are apt. The rocks were originally formed by erosion, and exposed by erosion. Now the sea has removed a section of the steps. It seemed natural in this image to make my viewpoint almost that of the cliff itself, as it shrugs off the temporary man-made structure and faces the one force that is greater than rock: the sea.

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