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Chalk and lime dissolution in Alum Bay
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Title: Alum Bay
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Alum Bay is a bay near the westernmost point of the Isle of Wight, England, within sight of the Needles.


Of geological interest and a tourist attraction, the bay is noted for its multi-coloured sand cliffs.

Alum Bay is the location of a classic sequence of Eocene beds of soft sands and clays, separated by an unconformity from the underlying Cretaceous Chalk Formation that forms the adjoining headland of West High Down. Due to geological folding of the Alpine orogeny, the strata in the main section of the bay are vertical, with younger rocks to the west. The sands are coloured due to oxidised iron compounds formed under different conditions.

Keywords: bay, sea cliff
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Image sizes: 3072*2031px, 3062kb
Origin: Originally a digital image, with postprocessing
Date/Time: 19970506-120000
Position coordinates:WGS84 LONG -1.57292246819°, LAT 50.6638189153°
Destination coordinates;WGS84 LONG -1.5691781044°, LAT 50.6680487484°
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Author: Alexandra Medwedeff
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