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Geology of the Wessex Coast - Introduction .

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View of Worbarrow Bay from cliffs of Bindon Hill, above Mupe Bay Sea breaking on ledges of Portland Cherty Series, South of Pulpit Rock, Portland Bill, Dorset

Stair Hole, viewed from the western side, with  Lulworth Cove beyond, West Lulworth, Dorset, Wessex coast

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This link takes you to the index page of a large set of Geological Field Guides to the Wessex Coast of southern England, much of it a UNESCO World Heritage Site ("Jurassic Coast"). This is a classic area of East Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. These guides form one of the world's largest geological web sites with more than 100 separate web pages. There are thousands of full screen, colour photographs of varied geological and geomorphological features and there are also associated geological bibliographies. The text in each guide has linked references to the appropriate bibliography. The study and descriptions have emphasis on the superb coastal exposures of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous and Palaeogene strata are well-seen in the cliffs of this beautiful coastline. The various localities, many of them well-known classic sites, are described in terms of stratigraphy, sedimentology, geomorphology, faunal content and coast erosion and progradation, in addition to general background information on the environment.

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