Pebbles with white lines on Charmouth beach

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An arrangement of pebbles with white lines on them, found during a walk along the seashore at Charmouth, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (1) 

Just some pictures today showing a few examples of the many pebbles and cobble-sized stones on the beach at Charmouth in Dorset which have abstract graphic designs and patterns on them – conferred by thin white lines. The stone is a blue-grey coloured limestone and the white lines are probably crystals of calcite or maybe quartz.

For the top picture, I gathered up a selection of the pebbles as I walked along and then arranged them on the beach to photograph. For the other images, I photographed the seemingly decorated stones where they lay on the seashore. I think that most visitors to this locality are focussed on fossil hunting and probably don’t notice these remarkable marked stones – each one looking hand-painted but in reality a small natural work of art. 

White lines on pebbles: Stones as found on the beach with abstract patterns of white lines on them, Charmouth, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (2)

Charmouth limestone beach stones: A stone with an abstract pattern of white lines as found on the beach, Charmouth, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (3)

Jurassic pebbles: A pebble with an abstract design of white lines as found on the beach, Charmouth, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (4)

Natural pattern in a pebble: A pebble with an abstract design of white lines as found on the beach, Charmouth, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (5)

Patterned pebble: A pebble with an abstract design of white lines as found on the beach, Charmouth, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (6)

Jurassic limestone pebble: A pebble with an abstract pattern of criss-crossed white lines as seen on the beach, Charmouth, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (7) 

 Revision of a post first published 8 February 2010

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