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Old Harry Rocks
28-OCT-2012 Dick Keely

Old Harry Rocks

Studland, Dorset, UK

The Old Harry Rocks are two chalk formations, including a stack and a stump, located at Handfast Point, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, southern England. They lie directly east of Studland, about 4 km northeast of Swanage, and about 10 km south of the large towns of Poole and Bournemouth. The chalk headlands of the Ballard Downs are owned by the National Trust. The rocks can be viewed from the Dorset section of the South West Coastal Path. The Jurassic Coast stretches over a distance of 153 km (95 mi), from Orcombe Point near Exmouth, in the west, to just beyond the great chalk headland of Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks in the east. The coastal exposures along the coastline comprise a continuous sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning approximately 185 million years of the Earth's history. The rock layers along the Jurassic Coast are tilted towards the east. The oldest part of the coast is found at its west end, while progressively younger rocks form the cliffs to the east. Old Harry Rocks mark the most easterly point of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reference Wikipedia

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