Fishing at Fall Bay

People fishing from the amazing rock formation at Fall Bay on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales

People fishing from the rocks at Fall Bay on the Gower Peninsula are almost invisible in the amazing beachscape of giant sloping limestone slabs dipping into the sea.

Limestone Walls

Dry stone walls on The Burren

The stark landscape of The Burren in County Clare, Ireland, comprises fields of Carboniferous Limestone rock pavement with sparse and specialised vegetation divided by walls of precariously balanced rocks. Moss and lichens cling to the limestone boulders and bent thorn trees miraculously survive with their roots among the stones.

Rocks & Pebbles near Twlc Point

Broughton Bay is a wide sandy expanse on the north shore of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales, facing the Loughor Estuary or Burry Inlet. A small promontory called Twlc Point at the western end of the beach has an interesting geology with an exposure of Hunts Bay Oolite from the Carboniferous Period. I have written about these strata in earlier posts such as:

Rocks on the west side of Broughton Bay Part 1

Rocks on the west side of Broughton Bay Part 2

Rocks on the west side of Broughton Bay Part 3

Brachiopod fossils in Hunts Bay Oolite at Broughton Bay

On this particular visit I was content to appreciate the way that pebbles of many types and colours on the upper shore were clustered around outcrops and boulders of the limestone which were often pink-tinged and sometimes fossiliferous.

Joggins Rock Textures 6

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Fractured and crumbling grey rock revealing red sediments

Joggins Rock Textures 6 – Fractured and crumbling grey Carboniferous rock, belonging to the Joggins Formation of the Cumberland Group, showing newly exposed red surfaces in the cliff face at Joggins on the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy in Eastern Canada.

Joggins Rock Textures 5

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Calamites fossil replaced by siderite in Carboniferous strata

Joggins Rock Textures 5 – Fossil of the plant Calamites replaced by siderite in Carboniferous strata belonging to the Cumberland Group at Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy in eastern Canada.

Joggins Rock Textures 4

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Calamites fossil replaced by siderite in Carboniferous strata

Joggins Rock Textures 4 – Fossil of the plant Calamites replaced by siderite in Carboniferous strata belonging to the Cumberland Group at Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy in eastern Canada.

Joggins Rock Textures 3

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Calamites fossil in Carboniferous strata

Joggins Rock Textures 3 – More or less vertically aligned fossil stem of the plant Calamites (related to modern day horsetails) cutting through horizontally aligned Carboniferous strata at Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy in eastern Canada. [Click to enlarge the image].

Joggins Rock Textures 2

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Rock texture and pattern in limestone cliff strata

Joggins Rock Texture 2 – Natural abstract patterns and texture in fractured cliff strata of Carboniferous limestone belonging to the Cumberland Group at Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Joggins Rock Textures 1

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Fractured limestone rocks with an iron-stained stream

Joggins Rock Textures 1 – Fractured Carboniferous limestone rocks, belonging to the Joggins Formation of the Cumberland Group, at Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the Nova Scotia shore of the Bay of Fundy in Eastern Canada, showing the mouth of collapsed coal workings from which a deeply iron-stained stream is flowing.