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Cliff and storm beach

Cliff and storm beach

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MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARTYN F. CHILLMAID / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Cliff made of layers (strata) of limestone and mudstone seen above a storm beach. The thicker layers are limestone which is calcium carbonate (CaCO3) formed from the deposited shells of dead marine organisms. The strata forms as a result of breaks in the sedimentation. The soft shale layers are a result of pre-existing calcareous rock being eroded and deposited as sediment. A storm beach forms when lumps of rock, cobbles, usually from an eroding cliff, are moved high up a beach due to the high waves of a storm. Photographed at Nash Point, Wales.

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