2015

SS1800 : Chevron folds at Millook Haven, Cornwall

taken 9 years ago, near to Poundstock, Cornwall, England

Chevron folds at Millook Haven, Cornwall
Chevron folds at Millook Haven, Cornwall
The rocks here are of the Late Carboniferous Bude Formation. They are characterised by clastic sediments known as turbidites, which are deep marine sediments originating at the continental shelf, drawn down to ocean basins by turbidity currents. The folds were formed in the Carboniferous during the later stages of the Variscan Orogeny (continental collision): as the basin was compressed by the colliding continents, the strata were intensely folded, producing the dramatic zig-zag folding visible here.

A recent rockfall is visible at the cliff base.

A closer look at the famous folding of the strata can be seen at SS1800 : Chevron folding at Millook Haven, Cornwall.

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This photo is linked from: Articles: · Images shortlisted for POTY, 2015 Automatic Clusters: · Looking [10] · Chevron Folds [5] · Rock Strata [5] ·
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Edmund Shaw   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 20 July, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 26 July, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SS 1854 0022 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:46.3863N 4:34.4972W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SS 1821 0014
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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