Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cromer's Glacio-tectonic Folds - 89 in the 100 Great Geosites of the British Isles


 I was perusing io9 the other day, as is my wont, when I happened upon their article promoting the 100 Most Interesting Geological Locations In The British Isles.
 Hang on a mo, I thought, I live in the British Isles. Let's see if any of these supposedly interesting geosites can be found anywhere near me
 After a few deft clicks to the Geological Society's website, I discovered that I live on top of one! Number 89, in fact.



  Technically, this glacio-tectonic fold is located in the village of Sidestrand rather than Cromer, but Cromer is the nearest town, so I guess that's why it got top billing.

 Anyway, here are some photos I took when I went for a swim back in July (click to embigulate):








 
Oh, and here are a couple of photos showing the terrible surroundings and awful weather I had to put up with at the time:






 Ghastly, wouldn't you agree?


 

10 comments:

  1. It looks a little crumbly for climbing, so be careful. Better fly up instead!

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  2. I think it looks lovely darling... given that i have a 4 hour drive to get to anywhere that even resembles a beach...
    I'm a little jealous

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  3. It's so empty there. And so clean, no cans or plastic stuff. Is this really in Europe ?

    Can you tell me what this wooden construction is for that stands before number 89 ?

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  4. von LX: It certainly is crumbly. While I was there some of it crumbled down in a mini-avalanche. Plus there's a wide band of clay at the base which, if one was to try walking across, would take one's wellies (and legs) off!

    Princess: 4 hours?! I'd forgotten quite how expansive Australia is.
    Perhaps you could empty out one of those veg baths, fill it with sand & water and just pretend?

    Mago: Yes, we're quite lucky on the North Norfolk coast. Several beaches have Blue Flags for cleanliness etc (including Cromer and Mundesley [the next large village/town along]), and the tourists mainly stick to the well-known or larger seaside towns and leave the villages alone.
    The sloped construction is a revetment which helps prevent cliff erosion from the sea.

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  5. Oh, and Mago: I've just discovered that the wooden revements photo in the wiki article I linked to is from Overstrand - the village in which I used to live between Cromer and SIdestrand. I thought it looked familiar!

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  6. Why is it so empty on that gorgeous beach????
    I will send you some Devon tourists... I'll just go fiddle with some road signs.
    Sx

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  7. [unrelated, sorry]

    Just read this.

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  8. Don't you dare, Ms Scarlet!

    Mago
    : Well, there's a perfectly good, non-superstitious, reason why witches would stay away from "witch bottles". After all, who in their right mind would want to dally with someone else's hair, fingernails and urine? Yeeuch!

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  9. Remember to wash under your folds.

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