Tortured Rocks Cliff Face Sandymouth Cornwall
The incredible tortured rock layers looking up the cliff face at Sandymouth Beach, North Cornwall, SW England UK. Immense geological forces over millions of years have uplifted and folded the layers of sedimentary rocks into unnatural and impossible looking angles. These patterns are known as anticlines and synclines in geological terminology. The cliff is around 160 feet (50 m) at this point.
The rocks at Sandy Mouth are from the Bude Formation and of Silesian (Upper Carboniferous) age, approximately 310 million years old. Rocks from the Westphalian Stage (Langsettian to Bolsovian Sustages) being from the middle of the Silesian.
The formation is mostly sandstones, but grey-brown mudstones and siltstones can be seen in beds at the top of the cliff and in thinner layers that dip down to beach level.
February 22nd, 2020
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