8 Replies to “Pebbles RBGPSW 1-3”

  1. So beautiful. The variety of colours is amazing. We have so many pebbles in our Midlands garden. Every time I dig a hole to plant something, I have to dig out numerous pebbles. I’ve started to collect them in the hope of laying them in a path in the garden. Sadly they aren’t as beautiful as your Welsh coast pebbles!

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  2. Hello, Birder’s Journey. Yes, these stones were once sharp and jagged pieces of rock that broke away from the cliffs and rocky outcrops around Rhossili Bay – mostly because of the action of extreme freeze and thaw processes during the various ice ages. Over many thousands of years the pieces have been rolled around on the beach and on the sea bed by tidal action and have gradually acquired these smooth shapes. They have accumulated at the top of the beach but are still moved around at high water, especially in stormy conditions. The stones are large, maybe from 4 to 6 or more inches across.

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  3. Thank you, Claire. I wonder what is the geological origin of the pebbles in your garden? In the area where I live, the stones are mostly flint nodules because the underlying rock is chalk. In other places nearby, the pebbles come from Bagshot Beds and are more varied.

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  4. Thank you, Claudia. I agree with you. There is something very soothing about looking at smooth pebbles. There are so many, of so many different kinds, on this particular beach. Every step you take presents new combinations of colours and textures.

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