World Heritage Site
In 2001 the Jurassic Coast became a World Heritage Site.
It is a 95 mile stretch of English Channel coast in the South of England. Stretching from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, its entire length can be walked on the South West Coast Path.
Considered one of the United Kingdoms natural wonders, the Jurassic Coast has excellent examples of geological landforms.
This is a perfectly formed limestone arch joined to the chalk on the mainland by a 400ft band of rock.
This is one of the world’s best examples of a true cove. If a picture of this were to be put in a dictionary, no words would be needed to describe a cove.
Isle of Portland
This is an example of a tied island. What was once an island is now joined to the mainland by a spit of beach material, such as sand or shingle.
This is one of only three major shingle structures in England. It joins the Isle of Portland to the mainland. Over the years this shingle has grown in height and is now 48ft above the high tide mark and protects a lagoon to its landward side.
With a name like Jurassic Coast you may be forgiven if you expected to find Dinosaurs.
It got its name because its cliffs depict 180 million years of geological history, spanning the Mesozoic era, which included the Jurassic period.
Having said that: because of the history in the cliffs many geologists do studies in the area.
Mary Anning, a local paleontologist did make some famous discoveries along this coast. Her finds included the first Ichthyosaur skeleton, the first two plesiosaur skeletons and the first pterosaur skeleton outside of Germany.
So after all, perhaps there is a chance you could see a dinosaur.
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