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Similar to what can be seen in the Driftwood Hunter [http://www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=13305], specifically: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=13305&snapshot_id=36739 and www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id=13305&snapshot_id=36742
Ah, Kilgore has included a readable image of the information board for this site on the gigapan! I took a snapshot of the bit about shale oil.
Yes, you pass a small derelict refinery building on the way to the beach – not sure how old. It proved to be too expensive a process though.
The shale was processed for oil? Do you mean locally?
I didn't see any 'beef' on the beach. We do have layers of softer marls sandwiched between layers of harder limestone - which is what you can see here. There are also layers of very soft shale, which were once processed for oil. It is Jurassic and you get thin layers of ammonites (too delicate to remove and soon washed away) here and there, I guess when large numbers died and were buried at once, otherwise it is not terribly fossiliferous.
Now that is an interesting question that I can't answer. What I do know - or think I know - is that the reason you can find fossils here on the Somerset coast and on the Dorset coast in the gigapan you allude to, is that they are the same rocks - the strata run from one place to the other. So, it could well be beef as you say. Now that I think about it, Chris did say that one layer of rock was soft ...
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