Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Contorted Drifts, Chalk Rafts, and Pro-Glacial Zones*


* No, I don't know what we're talking about either. We're a witch, not a geologist!
We appropriated those sciencey terms here.

 As promised threatened in the last post, may I present the batch of photographs from Sunday 22nd cataloguing some of the geological features of the Cromer-East Runton cliffs. I'm not going to say much about them as I know next to bog-all about such things, I just think they're unusual. And some of them are quite pretty. 

No, it wasn't cold enough for blocks of ice to wash up - those are chalk boulders


This is the stretch of cliff that I found most fascinating. Get ready for the close-ups!


There's all sorts of crap going on here














Those little glinty bits in the middle are ice crystals pushing the strata layers apart




I imagine if one were to remove the thin layer of mud, the entire cliff would be stripey






Stripey, chalky, rusty, clay


A big flint with a hole!


I like this photo for the contrast of sand and rock, and the impermanence of the paw/footprints in the sand compared to the indentations in the rock (I don't think they're fossilised footprints, just eroded bits)


Four scuttled crab pots - probably washed up here in the tidal surge of Friday 13th



 You can breathe a sigh of relief now - you've reached the end!

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 Don't forget, though, that there's still one more set of photos to go from Sunday - those of Cromer lifeboat and its crew (all buttoned up to the nines, Princess. Sorry.)

14 comments:

  1. Mary Anning - Wikipedia would have been right at home, I suspect.
    I think they look like water colour paintings.

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  2. Oh sod! Link didn't work.Google her name

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    1. Maybe those footprints are the ghost of Mary Anning and her dog.

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    2. What a fascinating woman. I'd not heard of Mary Anning before today (or if I had, I'd forgotten), so thank you for bringing her to my attention, Dinahmow.

      As for her dog - Maybe one day Tray's fossilised remains will be found by a future society?

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  3. I love the textures in rocks and pebbles.... and stone is surprisingly warm to the touch. I have a few rounded rocks around the house.... they have such a calming effect.... and useful too in the event of a burglary.
    Sx

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    1. I have several stones and pebbles laying around the house, too! No large ones, though. Perhaps I should bring a couple back from my next walk along the beach to fend of burglars?

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  4. Facinating... The contrasting textures and colours are wonderful. you have a great eye for detail... but I guess that is only natural given your avitar... I feel all windswept and interesting after this presentation...
    You cannot imagine my distress to read that your lifesaving crew are all "Buttoned up to the nines"... Perhaps they were just off to the annual supper dance?

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    1. I shall find you a picture of the typical summer attire of our lifeguards, Princess. Prepare to have your levels of distress elevated...

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  5. Ah, the Cromer Ridge in January. I was going to make a joke that it must be near the frenulum, but with all those layers exposed I suspect we're getting close to the corpus spongiosum!
    The abandoned crab pots do make the place look like Broad Street on a Sunday morning, sadly.

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    1. One more big storm and it'll be goodbye corpus spongiosum and hello septum pectiniforme!

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  6. ♪ ♫ There'll be blue cormorants over the white cliffs of Cromer ♪ ♫

    "Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor not a lyricist!" Dr McCoy, "The Troubles With Trebbles," Star Trek

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    1. Bwah hah hah haa! You know, I shall expect more of these Dr McCoy quotes, now.

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  7. Rock layers are neat! And I love the fotos of the various rock types with color and texture variations!

    I'd've been tempted to grab some rock chalk and start writing stuff on the large slabs--possibly obscene art.

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