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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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