Geology of south Dorset and south-east Devon and its World Heritage Coast (A Special Memoir) [Book]

Geology of south Dorset and south-east Devon and its World Heritage Coast (A Special Memoir) [Book]

This memoir provides a complete account of the geology and structure of the 'Jurassic Coast' of south Dorset and south-east Devon.

In recognition of its outstanding geology and scenery, the coast between Orcombe Rocks in south-east Devon and Old Harry Rocks in south Dorset was granted World Heritage status in December 2001.

This region is famous for its rich variety of fossils, found especially in the Lower Jurassic rocks around Lyme Regis and Charmouth. Many scientifically important specimens have come from these crumbling mudstone cliffs, including marine reptiles first made famous by the work of the 19th century Lyme Regis fossil collector Mary Anning.

More than 200 million years of geological time - and Earth history - are represented in this district, from the Late Permian to the Quaternary, and covering many different ancient environments from arid desert to subtropical seas and cold periglacial conditions, making the geology of the region both complex and varied. Portland Stone and Purbeck Marble from Dorset were used in many great cathedrals and civic buildings, while the Wytch Farm Oilfield, near Bournemouth, is the largest onshore oilfield in the UK. Landslips, both active and dormant, occur in a variety of forms unrivalled in the UK.

Author Woods, MA

Collation 297 x 210 mm. 161 pages

Format Book

ISBN 9780852726549

Sheet(s) Covered E341, E342, E343

Sheet(s) Partially Covered E326, E327, E329, E339, E340

Year Published 2011

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