Pebbles on Chesil beach: Pebbles with various colours and patterns on Chesil Beach at Chesil Cove, Isle of Portland, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast (1)

Chesil Beach on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is world famous for its pebbles. Whilst the majority of them may be flint or chert, there is a truly amazing variety of other rock types represented in the pebbles. They come from the strata on the adjacent Isle of Portland – as well as from further west along this south coast stretch of England. Lots of pebbles, for example, are thought to have travelled by long-shore drift from Devon.

Here are a few of the different colours, textures and patterns in pebbles that I photographed down on the water’s edge at Chesil Cove.

There is more about pebbles from this location in my earlier post: Pebbles from Chesil Cove, Portland.

You can also find lots more information about Chesil Beach – Pebbles  in the highly referenced and illustrated website created by the professional geologist Ian West with David Harvey.

 Pebble with rusty orange colouration on Chesil Beach at Chesil Cove, Isle of Portland, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast (2)

Pebble with fossil seashells on Chesil Beach at Chesil Cove, Isle of Portland, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast (3)

Pebble with layers and lines on Chesil Beach at Chesil Cove, Isle of Portland, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast (4)

Pebble with pink, black, and white marble-like markings on Chesil Beach at Chesil Cove, Isle of Portland, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast (5)

Pebble with translucent grey and cream pattern on Chesil Beach at Chesil Cove, Isle of Portland, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast (6)

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