SO9391 : The Wren's Nest Ripple Beds, Dudley

taken 10 years ago, near to Coseley, Dudley, Great Britain

The Wren's Nest Ripple Beds, Dudley
The Wren's Nest Ripple Beds, Dudley
This is the fossilised record of a 420 million year old shallow seabed (or beach) formed by wave action during the Silurian period. The same rippling patterns can be seen beneath shallow water by any sandy beach today. The height is about 18 metres and the strata lean at almost 50 degrees.

Our tectonic land mass was formerly situated just south of the equator, and the horizontal sediments hardened while moving northwards.They were also raised during two separate periods of mountain building 400 and 330 million years ago, buckling and folding the rocks to create Wren's nest Hill and place these ripple beds to their present position.

To prevent unnecessary damage the slabs are now fenced off, but a good viewing position is provided. It is part of Britain's first Geological Nature Reserve, created in 1956. Mining and quarrying ceased in the 1920s after several centuries.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 19 December, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 21 December, 2007
Category
Geological feature   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 935 919 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.5177N 2:5.7899W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 935 919
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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