SN5882 : Aberystwyth Grits - fault across strata

taken 7 years ago, near to Aberystwyth, Ceredigion/Sir Ceredigion, Great Britain

Aberystwyth Grits - fault across strata
Aberystwyth Grits - fault across strata
The coastal cliffs of Constitution Hill in Aberystwyth are made up of strata deposited by under-water turbidity currents. Due to tectonic drift, they are being folded upwards and now dip at around 45 degrees. The folding causes large stresses in the rock. As a result, a fault has formed as a visible crack crossing through the strata. The fault is visible both here on the south side and on the north side LinkExternal link of a cove at the base of Constitution Hill.
Craigyfulfran GCR site
The coastal stretch north of Aberystwyth towards Clarach is known for its exposed turbidite beds LinkExternal link and for their intricate folding and faulting patterns LinkExternal link . The name of the site originates from a sea stack located on the foreshore (links above are to the Geological Conservation Review's site reports).
Geological Conservation Review
The Geological Conservation Review (GCR) is a database of geological reference sites in Great Britain. It is published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) in the form of site reports collected in printed volumes covering different geological periods and topical areas such as fossils, minerals or geomorphology. The site reports are gradually put online in a searchable database LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Sunday, 20 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 9 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Coastal  Geological interest  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 5826 8267 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:25.4156N 4:5.1524W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 5826 8267
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Fault  Strata  Aberystwyth Grits  Sandstone  Turbidity Current  Mudstone 

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