Stuff Bout Lyme Regis

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Between Exmouth in Devon and Old Harry Rocks, Swanage in Dorset can be found one of the most
complete sequences through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of geological time anywhere in
the world. The reason for this is simple, the overall dip of the rocks is gently to the east and this brings
successively younger rocks to sea level along the coast with the oldest in the west and the youngest to
the east.
The cliffs of West Dorset are formed from rocks of Lower Jurassic age and are capped by younger
sandstone of Cretaceous age that give Golden Cap its cap.
Lyme Regis lies at the point where the Triassic rocks disappear below the sea and the oldest Jurassic
rocks, thick clays and thin limestone of the 'Lias', form the cliffs. These rocks were deposited in a
moderately deep tropical sea that was packed with marine life and as a result fossils are very common.
Some, such as pencil shaped belemnites and coiled ammonites, are easy to find but others, like
ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles) and fish are far rarer. The rocks also contain evidence of life on the land in
the form of fossil wood, insects and even dinosaurs that were washed into the sea some 200 million years
Giant landslides are active, especially during the wet winter months and cause huge mudflows to spill onto
the beaches. The Black Ven Landslide, between Lyme Regis and Charmouth beaches is the site of the
largest coastal mudflow in Europe that happened in the winter of 1958/9. The sea washes away the mud to
leave countless fossils scattered in the sand.
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Lyme Regis coast has a great history of fossils, they are quite frequently found so coming across a big
dinosaur bone is no surprise to them. When they came across this:
they weren't exactly shocked! Landslides are very common too, at Lyme Regis, but there are ups and
downs to each side. The ups are that, with every landslide comes new exciting fossils boosting Lyme Regis'
tourist population once again, scientists will visit, and try to examine the curious newly found object. The
down is that well, their coast is practically just being washed away! Landslide makes the old land slip into
the sea and that's carried somewhere else.
Fossil collecting is very unique and common at Lyme Regis, to most people it's an everyday thing, to others
it's just a hobby but if you do want to try your luck at it there are some very important points to bear in
mind. The best and safest time to collect is when the tide is going out. The tide floods the beach just east
of Lyme shortly after low tide so always aim to pass this point around low tide. The cliffs are dangerous and
prone to cliff falls at any time while the landslides contain treacherous mudflows so stay well clear.
Anyway, the very best place to look is on the beach below the landslides. Monmouth Beach, just west of
the famous harbour, the Cobb, contains huge ammonites. They are impossible to collect but if you cannot
find any fossils elsewhere, at least you can take a picture of some home to show your friends. If you are
still desperate to find fossils, come back in the depths of winter!

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Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium is positioned on the historic Cobb in Lyme Regis. It is a unique experience that
endeavors's to show the local fish and marine life of the Jurassic coast in a unique situation on the end of the
historic Cobb. It is an interesting museum located in a historic building that has been used for a variety of
purposes over the years. In 2008 the aquarium will celebrate its 50th anniversary.…read more

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Lyme Regis Museum
is housed in a magnificent idiosyncratic historic
building of true architectural splendour.
It was built in 1900 by
Thomas Philpot
and has recently been completely renovated.
It stands next to Lyme's magnificent Guildhall.
Both buildings are worth, in themselves, a visit.
The history of Lyme Regis unveiled.
You are greeted with a surprise vision
whenever you step through a doorway,
pass along a passageway or climb stairs.
A well surrounded by a circular banister
supported by wrought iron work.…read more

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A suspended bell in the well, you are
surrounded by exhibits and in front of
you another inviting doorway to another
exhibitions.…read more

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A constructed two masted
boat, pottery and other
This exhibit is an example of Tudor furniture.
Look around Lyme Regis, you will see remarkable
resemblances in some of the buildings' interiors to that of
cabins on ancient maritime boats.
The museum has information on the history of wreckers in
Lyme Regis.
An ancient historic fire
engine complete with wheels
and pumps.
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The museum includes the very history of Lyme Regis itself.…read more


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