Marsden Bay :: Shared Description

There is an amazing and typically-uncompromising poem called 'At Marsden Bay' by Peter Reading (Diplopic 1983)that combines Permian Geology, wildlife and the destructive force of youth. It is said to be based on an event which actually happened at the bay and sadly these things still occur LinkExternal link

The first stanza is reproduced below:

Arid hot desert stretched here in the early
Permian Period - sand dune fossils
are pressed to a brownish bottom stratum.
A tropical saline ocean next silted
calcium and magnesium carbonates
over this bed, forming rough Magnesian
Limestone cliffs on the ledges of which
Rissa tridactyla colonizes -
an estimated four thousand pairs
that shuttle like close-packed tracer bullets
against dark sky between nests and North Sea.
The call is a shrill “kit-e-wayke, kit-e-wayke”,
also a low “uk-uk-uk” and a plaintive
“ee-e-e-eeh, ee-e-e-eeh”

A review can be found here LinkExternal link
Here's another image that illustrates the poem NZ3965 : Gulls nesting on the cliff in Marsden Bay
by Andrew Curtis
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17 images use this description:

NZ4064 : Sea stack at the southern end of Marsden Bay by Mat Fascione
NZ4064 : Marsden Bay at South Shields by Mat Fascione
NZ3964 : The Marsden Grotto by Andrew Curtis
NZ3965 : North end of Marsden Bay from The Leas cliff-top by Andrew Curtis
NZ4064 : Marsden Bay from the north by Andrew Curtis
NZ3965 : Caves in the cliff face at Marsden Bay by Andrew Curtis
NZ3965 : Marsden Bay at South Shields by Mat Fascione
NZ3964 : Marsden Rock & Marsden Grotto from the beach by Andrew Curtis
NZ3965 : Marsden Bay at South Shields by Mat Fascione
NZ3965 : Decorative information board above Marsden Bay by Andrew Curtis
NZ3965 : Life Guard Station, Marsden Bay by Andrew Curtis
NZ3965 : 'Lot's Wife' sea-stack, Marsden Bay by Andrew Curtis
NZ3965 : Steps down to Marsden Bay by Mat Fascione
NZ3965 : Marsden Bay below the cliffs by Andrew Curtis
NZ4064 : Marsden Rock at Marsden Bay, South Shields by Mat Fascione
NZ3964 : Lift and stairs down to Marsden Bay and Grotto by Mat Fascione
NZ3965 : Camel Island at the northern end of Marsden Bay by Mat Fascione


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Created: Thu, 31 Dec 2009, Updated: Sat, 2 Jan 2010

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