The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of dramatic coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth’s history. The name is something of a misnomer, because the coastline’s geology spans the Mesozoic Era, including the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.
The Jurassic Coast‘s important fossil sites and classic coastal geomorphologic features have contributed to the study of earth sciences for over 300 years. As a result, the Jurassic Coast was selected as England’s first natural World Heritage Site. World Heritage Sites are places of “outstanding universal value” selected by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
The portion of the Jurassic Coast in the photo above was taken west of Lulworth Cove and West Lulworth while facing west. (Lots of wests!) Man O’ War Cove can be seen in the center. Durdle Door is hidden just behind the small peninsula’s rocky end on the west side of Man O’ War Cove. The Isle of Portland can be seen in the distance.
Note: I know next to nothing of geology, so if you’d like to learn more, follow the links to the Official Jurassic Coast Website or the UNESCO World Heritage Centre as I did. The other links are to posts of close-up photos I took of each location.