SY8080 : Cliff at the eastern extreme of the Scratchy Bottom embayment, Durdle Cove

taken 11 years ago, 3 km from West Lulworth, Dorset, Great Britain

Cliff at the eastern extreme of the Scratchy Bottom embayment, Durdle Cove
Cliff at the eastern extreme of the Scratchy Bottom embayment, Durdle Cove
At the foot of the Scratchy Bottom valley there is an embayment into the chalk cliffs of Durdle Cove. This is the corner at the eastern end of the bay within a cove, exposing the chalk to the east of Scratchy Bottom. In the foreground some of the chalk of the wave-cut platform is exposed. The seams of flints in the chalk show that the strata are near-vertical. A slide-plane fault is also visible, running diagonally downwards from the top left. The chalk above the fault has moved a few metres to the left (north) - the result is that in Durdle Cove the chalk above the fault is softer than that below it and caves have formed above the fault - see SY8080 : Cave Formation, Durdle Door. Much more information about this area can be found in Ian West's internet field guide to the Geology of the Wessex Coast.
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Tuesday, 26 December, 2006   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 27 December, 2006
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Geological feature   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 802 803 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:37.3239N 2:16.8755W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SY 802 803
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