East Cliff at West Bay near Bridport (6)

East Cliff at West Bay near Bridport (6) - The honeycomb pattern in the ledges on the cliff face is called tafoni. The tunnels of animals like that of the decapod crustacean Thallassinoides, which constructed large horizontal burrows in the ancient sea bed, were infilled with harder, more calcium-rich sediments than the surrounding rock and thus are more resistant to erosion and stand out like interconnected cords.

East Cliff at West Bay near Bridport (6) – The honeycomb pattern of the ledges on the cliff face is called ‘tafoni’. The tunnels of animals – like that of the decapod crustacean Thallassinoides, which constructed large horizontal burrows in the ancient sea bed – were infilled with harder, more calcium-rich sediments than the surrounding rock and thus are more resistant to erosion and stand out like networks of interconnected cords. P1250971aBlog6

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