Life's a beach : lessons from the Earth's rarest sedimentary rocks

Sheppard, T. Huw. 2007 Life's a beach : lessons from the Earth's rarest sedimentary rocks. Geology Today, 23 (3). 108-113.

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Ancient rockshore deposits are the rarest sedimentary rocks on Earth. Less than 200 examples span the planet’s entire history, but they preserve important records of past environments, including sea-level changes and unusual fossil communities. The most celebrated example, dating from the earliest Jurassic, is found at Ogmore-by-Sea in South Wales. This article describes the history of environmental change at Ogmore, and why these rocks can help us to interpret the deposits of ancient rocky shores worldwide.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: BGS Programmes > Geology and Landscape Southern
ISSN: 0266-6979
Additional Keywords: Sedimentary rocks, South Wales, Lower Jurassic
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
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Date made live: 08 Jun 2009 14:05 +0 (UTC)

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