Coastal erosion

Coastal erosion

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Caption: Coastal erosion. The cliffs at Burton Bradstock in Dorset comprise Bridport Sands sandstone interspersed with cyclical carbonate-cemented horizons. These hard layers formed when calcium carbonate precipitated from shallow water. The soft sandstone between these hard calcite-cemented bands erodes very easily giving the whole cliff a banded appearance. The cliffs are undercut by wave action resulting in regular cliff falls (as here).

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