Dorset and East Devon Coast- Isle of Portland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 50° 30.858 W 002° 27.564
30U E 538328 N 5595955
Quick Description: co ords are from Portland Bill the most southerly point on The Isle of Portland
Location: United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/21/2008 4:41:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM3DY7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
Views: 30

Long Description:
Portland is a central part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site on the Dorset and east Devon coast, important for its geology and landforms. The name of the island is used for one of the British Sea Areas, and has been exported as the name of North American and Australian towns. Portland limestone is still quarried here, and is used in British architecture, including St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.


The cliff exposures along the Dorset and East Devon coast provide an almost continuous sequence of rock formations spanning the Mesozoic Era, or some 185 million years of the earth's history. The area's important fossil sites and classic coastal geomorphologic features have contributed to the study of earth sciences for over 300 years.

Justification for Inscription
Criterion (viii): The coastal exposures within the site provide an almost continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning the Mesozoic Era and document approximately 185 million years of Earth history. The site includes a range of internationally important fossil localities – both vertebrate and invertebrate, marine and terrestrial - which have produced well preserved and diverse evidence of life during Mesozoic times.
Type: Natural

Reference number: 1029

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