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Snapshots

  1. Tidal Gauge

    Snapshot Title: Tidal Gauge
    Taken by: richard edmonds

    Image: West Bay, Dorset
    Image Owner: richard edmonds



    Description:

    This instrument is constantly monitoring the height of the water in the outer harbour and is part of a strategic monitoring programme for the entire south west peninsular. In the long term, gauges suc...



  2. Remote camera

    Snapshot Title: Remote camera
    Taken by: richard edmonds

    Image: West Bay, Dorset
    Image Owner: richard edmonds



    Description:

    The camera constantly monitors the condition of East Beach. It comes into it's own during storm events as the Environment Agency can see live images of how the beach is performing during storms.



  3. East Beach

    Snapshot Title: East Beach
    Taken by: richard edmonds

    Image: West Bay, Dorset
    Image Owner: richard edmonds



    Description:

    The crest of the beach is maintained at an artificially high position by the Environment Agency in order to act as a flood defence in the event of a major storm.



  4. Chesil Beach

    Snapshot Title: Chesil Beach
    Taken by: richard edmonds

    Image: West Bay, Dorset
    Image Owner: richard edmonds



    Description:

    Chesil Beach runs all the way from West Bay to Portland, which cannot be seen in this image. At 28km long, this is one of the finest barrier beaches in the world. 100 million tonnes of pebbles protect...



  5. Burton Cliff

    Snapshot Title: Burton Cliff
    Taken by: richard edmonds

    Image: West Bay, Dorset
    Image Owner: richard edmonds



    Description:

    The cliffs here are capped by younger rocks, the Inferior Oolite, a thin band of limestone on top of the sand and the Frome Clay.



  6. Strata

    Snapshot Title: Strata
    Taken by: richard edmonds

    Image: West Bay, Dorset
    Image Owner: richard edmonds



    Description:

    The banded strata are composed of alternative soft and hard bands of sandstone. The hard bands are full of burrows and this may have allowed water to percolate more easily through them, allowing calci...



  7. East Cliff, West Bay

    Snapshot Title: East Cliff, West Bay
    Taken by: richard edmonds

    Image: West Bay, Dorset
    Image Owner: richard edmonds



    Description:

    Formed from 180 million year old Jurassic sandstone, the Bridprt Sands.