Coastal erosion

Coastal erosion

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Caption: Coastal erosion. Eroded sandstone cliff at Burton Bradstock, Dorset. This rock is composed of 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 cliff face a banded appearance.
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Keywords: beach, bridport sands, britain, british, burton bradstock, cleft, cliff, coast, coastal erosion, coastlines, england, english, eroded, fall, geological, geology, geomorphology, physical geography, rock, sandstone, sedimentary, uk, united kingdom, wave action, worn

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