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The cliffs above the beach are a noted source of fossils from the Jurassic period. Fossil-hunters walk the beaches between Lyme Regis and Charmouth, but have to be wary of tides and landslips. The Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site covers 3 geological time periods; the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. These are showcased in the 3 rock types found along the coast.

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Jurassic coast

Fossils collected on the beach at Charmouth. Discover Jurassic coast fossils this month. More at: http://www.culture24.org.uk/am38275

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Jurassic Coast's status as World Heritage site in jeopardy from off-shore windfarm that would blight views across the Channel

Old Harry Rocks: The Jurassic Coast in Dorset, England boasts some of the country's most beautiful seaside scenery

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This is Stair Hole, next to Lulworth Cove, Dorset, United Kingdom....I've been here, Lulworth cove is really pretty!

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An expert's and readers' tips: best beaches for fossil hunting in the UK

Dorset and the Jurassic Coast are both rich in fossil finds – a plesiosaur jaw is housed at the County Museum. Photograph: Rex Features Rex Features/Rex Features

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This is Durdle Door in Dorset, England a natural limestone arch on the breathtaking Jurassic Coast, a 153 mile (95 km) pathway of ancient cliffs.

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