Cliff crumbles on Jurassic Coast

The Dorset Jurassic Coast experienced a big fall of rocks from Burton beach cliff on Friday.

The Dorset Jurassic Coast experienced a big fall of rocks from Burton beach cliff on Friday.

The Jurassic coastline spans 95 miles from East Devon to right over to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history.

Sam Rose, leader of the Jurassic Coast Team said: “The fall happened at Hive Beach. Big chunks of rocks fell for about 5-10 metres.”

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Jurassic Coastline

The falls occur as a result of erosion, a process by which materials are removed from the surface and transported to another location. This occurs due to transport by wind, water, ice and other materials.

Sally King, World Heritage Site Visitor Manager said: “Falls happen all the time. But this time it is a big fall. It happens due to the erosion of the rocks.”

The Jurassic Coastline is a bit hit with tourists, where they can experience a geological walk through Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

Mr Rose said: “It’s up to visitors to stay safe. We recommend staying away from the area. Nothing dangerous happened as there was no one around at the time, but we have to be careful.”

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