The Real Jurassic Park: Geological Explorations in Southwest England
University of Washington, Tacoma
TESC 417: Summer 2006
The Real Jurassic Park: Geology field course along the south coast of England (TESC 417)
Project: Geology, Landscapes, and Land Use of Dorset and East Devon
Student: Angus Leger
The Geology, landscapes, and human land use of the Jurassic Coast are all directly linked to each other. The rock beneath our feet plays the biggest role in determining where a ridge of valley will develop or what type of industry will there be. Furthermore, the type of rock directly underneath the surface will dramatically affect the fertility of the soil. Farmland, stone quarries, and locations for towns all depend directly to the landscapes and geology of the land.
The Jurassic Coast has been studied extensive by Geologists and Paleontogists. Countless papers have been written on various subjects like the Kimmeridge Clays, Chisel Beach, or the marine fossils at Lyme Regis. To write a paper that contained some original theory or a novel idea regarding the geology of this coastline would take some extensive field work. The idea behind this paper is simply to make some observations about the coast and apply those observations to basic geologic processes. The goal was to make a documentary and modest interpretation of the Jurassic Coast.