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Contorted layers of Devonian rocks at Down End
The geology at Saunton is excellent and the rocks here provide many clues about the Saunton of the past. Here we see contorted layers of Devonian rocks at Down End.
Devonian sea shells
This remarkable image shows Devonian sea shells in the rocks at Saunton.
These rocks prove that the sea once rippled over them.
This sandstone at the base of Saunton cliffs was originally soft muds and sands, laid down horizontally on a sea-bed. They are now hard and splintery sandstones and slates, their layers contorted and often near-vertical, fissures within them exploited by the sea into deep gullies.
Saunton cliffs 2007
This image shows the north-end of Saunton Sands, where the sand meets the cliffs and we see the bed of a wave-cut platform.
Saunton cliffs showing modern built 'cave' 2007
Here we see a modern-built â??caveâ?? in Saunton cliffs. Itâ??s origin and purpose are debatable, some think it is a fishermanâ??s store.
Saunton cliffs showing undercutting by waves 2007
The horizontal layers of the cliffs are shown here, along with undercutting performed by the constant action of the waves.
Saunton cliffs showing wave-cut platforms 2007
This â??shore platformâ? of fairly uniform height, is cut across by numerous gullies running mainly either east-west or NW-SE or NE-SW. The E-W gullies can be seen to be more or less parallel to the steeply-sloping layers of sandstone and slate, though in places tight folding of these layers is apparent.
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