The Jurassic Coast along the southern English Channel coast

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Category/Kategorie: General, Museums, Exhibitions, UNESCO World Heritage

Ammonite, embedded in a rock on the beach at Kimmeridge © Chilepine

Ammonite, embedded in a rock on the beach at Kimmeridge © Chilepine

The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England. The site stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of 155 kilometres (96 mi). Chartered in 2001, the Jurassic coast was the second wholly natural World Heritage Site to be designated in the United Kingdom. Its entire length can be walked on the South West Coast Path.

Various visitor centres and museums provide an additional concentration of information and interpretations on or of the Jurassic Coast, particularly from a local perspective.

Beach at Beer © SY230891 Bat's Head © geograph.org.uk - Eugene Birchall Beach at Cobb © geograph.org.uk - Andy Stephenson Durdle Door © Sean Davis/cc-by-sa-2.5 Ammonite, embedded in a rock on the beach at Kimmeridge © Chilepine
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Ammonite, embedded in a rock on the beach at Kimmeridge © Chilepine
The site shows excellent examples of landforms, including the natural arch at Durdle Door, the cove and limestone folding at Lulworth Cove and an island, the Isle of Portland. Chesil Beach is a fine example of both a tombolo (a deposition landform in which an island is attached to the mainland by a narrow piece of land such as a spit or bar) and a storm beach (a beach affected by particularly fierce waves). The site has stretches of both concordant and discordant coastlines. Due to the quality of the varied geology, the site is the subject of international field studies. This area was home to Mary Anning, a palaeontologist who studied the fossils of the coastline around Lyme Regis and discovered the first complete Ichthyosaur fossil at the Spittles.

The highest point on the Jurassic Coast, and on the entire south coast of Britain, is Golden Cap at 191 metres (627 ft).

Read more on JurassicCoast.org, Visitengland.com – Jurassic Coast, visit-dorset.com – Jurassic Coast, JurassicCoastTrust.org, NationalTrust.org.uk – Jurassic Coast, HeritageCoast.org and Wikipedia Jurassic Coast. Learn more about the use of photos. To inform you about latest news most of the city, town or tourism websites offer a newsletter service and/or operate Facebook pages/Twitter accounts. In addition more and more destinations, tourist organizations and cultural institutions offer Apps for your Smart Phone or Tablet, to provide you with a mobile tourist guide (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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