A basket of Jurassic pebbles with white lines

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A basket of pebbles with patterns of white lines, from the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, UK (1)

People like pebbles. I don’t know why. For different people at different times the reason may change. They can be beautiful, interesting, evocative, souvenirs. They come in a handy size for picking up and pocketing. They can be reminders of happy times in the relatively recent past as well as representatives of the geological past. They can also symbolise survival, endurance, resistance, resiliance. They are the end products of years of shaping by massive external events and processes. They encapsulate and demonstrate their history in the way they look today. Pebbles are beguiling.

Click here for more pictures of PEBBLES in Jessica’s Nature Blog.

A pebble with white lines from the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, UK (2)

A pebble with a pattern of white lines from the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, UK (3)

A pebble with a pattern of white lines from the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, UK (4)

A pebble with a pattern of white lines from the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, UK (5)

A basket of pebbles with white lines from the Jurassic Coast, UK (6) 

Revision of a post first published 15 February 2010

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8 Replies to “A basket of Jurassic pebbles with white lines”

  1. They do look as if they have been decorated, don’t they? The lines are the external evidence of internal layers in the pebbles but sometimes the patterns are so elaborate, it is impossible to visualise how the thin beds of calcite were formed in different orientations in the limestone.

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  2. I’m glad your Google search came up trumps, Nic! In fact, most of the visitors to Jessica’s Nature Blog and my Photographic Salmagundi site come via search engines like Google from all over the world.

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  3. Thank You Jessica I live in a place that water used to run through and found a nice sized stone that look like your pebbles. I got a start for my search from your blog.

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