Posted by: Anne Jefferson | July 21, 2010

Wave refraction and shoreline on the Dorset Coast

It’s been kind of quiet around here lately. Maybe because it is mid-summer in the Northern Hemisphere and all of my fellow geopathologists are at the beach?

Speaking of beaches, I was scoping out the Dorset coast of England looking for a famous fossil forest locality when I spotted this beautiful example of coastal geomorphology processes. Some sort of break in the resistant coastline has allowed waves to excavate this lovely inlet called Lulworth Cove, which now sports a textbook example of wave refraction and the dispersal of wave energy that allows a beach to develop. Oh and that fossil forest? It’s the Jurassic Purbeck Fossil Forest and it’s in the center of the frame.

Where are we? N 50.62 W 2.24



  1. What a picturesque spot for swimming, except, whoa!

    It looks like you can see eroded soil exiting the cove mouth under the water indicating a strong rip current. This might reduce further the number of visiting geopathologists, which is bad.

    Instead, what a great spot for tidal power generation, which is good.

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