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England’s First Natural World Heritage Site

By Linda Tancs

England’s first natural World Heritage Site is known as the Jurassic Coast, covering 95 miles of unforgettable coastline stretching from East Devon to Dorset.  Despite its name, the area actually covers three geological time periods:  the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous.  Each period is spectacularly covered.  For starters, there’s the red rocks of the Triassic Period at Orcombe Point at Exmouth, site of the former supercontinent Pangaea.   The famous Durdle Door limestone arch near Lulworth lures fans of the Jurassic Period.  And the white chalk stack of Old Harry Rocks at Handfast Point near Studland highlights a time during the Cretaceous Period when the ever widening Atlantic Ocean breached the chalk ridge.  Use the South West Coast Path to access the entire site.


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