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Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Pennington Point: rock falls
A very impressive set of photographs from the British Geological Survey in 2009:
Rock fall at Pennington Point
landsliding at Pennington Point was caught on camera by local resident, Eve
Mathews, showing a dramatic series of rock falls onto the beach. Pennington
Point lies just east of the town of Sidmouth on the south-east Devon coast. The
landslide has been entered into the National landslide Database as ID 16367/1.
Falls began to take
place began in February 2009 and continued during March. Due to the speed of
this type of landslide, it very unusual to be caught on film and these images
provide a rare insight into the process as it happens.
Landslides along this
section of coast are common; another fall occurred nearby at Hangar Point
around the same time. The famous Axmouth
to Lyme Regis Undercliff lies just to the east, representing
a 1 km stretch of coast formed entirely from ancient landslides. This stretch
is particularly famous for the 1839 Bindon
Landslide which attracted much public attention at the
time. Sidmouth and Pennington Point are also part of the UNESCO Jurassic Coast World
Heritage Site, which is important for its sequence of
Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks but also for its many large-scale