Detail of of hornblende schist at Polurrian Cove in Cornwall

Polurrian Rocks 25 – Close-up photograph of metamorphic hornblende schist belonging to the Traboe Formation (part of the Lizard Complex) from south of the Lizard Boundary Fault at Polurrian Cove in Cornwall, with acorn barnacles and limpets attached.

10 Replies to “Polurrian Rocks 25”

  1. Thank uou, Claudia. Cornwall, which is in the extreme southwest corner of England, has its own language which gives rise to the interesting place names.


  2. That is an interesting observation, John. The limpet, as limpets do, has ground a circular recess in the stone to which it always returns when the tide is out. In this example, the limpet seems also to be hemmed in by the surrounding barnacles – and it makes me wonder how on earth the limpet extracts itself from its home-base to feed when the tide is in.

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  3. I’ve been interested in the area (though never visited) since I was young and read Daphne du Maurier books, which then prompted me to find out more. Now with the internet, I can see the places I have only imagined and in particular I’ve also read about the language – I like words and the topic interested me, and the place names intrigued me, as you mention, with both how they look and they sound.


  4. Yes, it is a fascinating region, and one which I have hardly explored although it is relatively close to where I live in Dorset. I am hoping to find out more about it in the future, and studying the rocks is just one way of gaining insights.

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  5. Yes, from my reading, it seems to me that the geography really figures in things, with cliffs and caves and the sea’s interaction with the coast. I know this is true everywhere, of course, but I find the scenery so dramatic and it often seems to be reflected in the books I’ve read that way, adding drama.

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