9 Replies to “Polurrian Rocks 52”

  1. The stones are probably solid rock, the same as that in the nearby cliffs, and part of a fault zone, and all part of the same formation. At this point, the strata are partially cloaked by the sand. The degree to which these rocks are exposed depends on the movement of the softer sediments above. As everywhere on planet, the soil and other loose sediments are a thin covering over the rock of the earth’s crust, or in the case of rocks further along this particular stretch of coastline, the earth’s mantle (which is normally underneath the crust).

  2. Don’t worry, Lucy, they are made of a kind of rock that does’ not crumble easily, it is well baked and solid, not like the rocks along the Jurassic Coast where they are always collapsing and slipping. Quite safe.

  3. Yes, that’s right, in this location at least. You might have noticed that the sand is very dark, with many almost black pieces. In other places the beach sand does not come from the local rocks but has been brought to the area on the bottom of glaciers in the Ice Age (the Gower Peninsula in South Wales has beach sand like that).

  4. Yes, I did see that, it is fascinating to think about. I remember going to Florida as a young child and the very white sands there, which I think came from coral. And in Hawaii black sand, from lava rocks.

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