Geotraveller 20 – The Jurassic Coast, UK

The Jurassic Coast, Southern England: Classic coastal scenery and fossil beds.

The Jurassic Coast in southern England reveals superb coastal scenery and spectacular fossils. A renewed interest in palaeontology, in part inspired by the film Jurassic Park, resulted in the area being proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 2001. This was the first area in England to receive this status for entirely natural reasons. The Site includes 155 km of the English Channel coastline of Dorset and east Devon. The geomorphological features and landforms are renowned and this area has yielded a major contribution to the earth sciences.