West, I.M. 2005. Field Guides and Bibliographies - Listing ; Geology of the Wessex Coast of England. Internet site: www.soton.ac.uk/~imw/Field-Guides-Listing.htm. Southampton University. Version - 06.01.05.
Geology of the South Coast of England - List of Field Guides

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. View west from St Aldhelm's Head Potters Hole, Lulworth & Ian West Gad Cliff from Kimmeridge Bay .
Kimmeridge Coast, from St. Aldhelm's Head Basal Purbeck and Author Gad Cliff from Kimmeridge Bay

These geological field guides have hundreds of good quality, geological photographs. There is geological and geomorphological information on most the cliff exposures of the Jurassic Coast, World Heritage Site, which is centred on Dorset, southern England. There are also guides and bibliographies on parts of Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight and it is intended to expand into new areas of the south coast of England. Webpages on a few other field-geology and bibliographic topics are also provided.

In addition to the guides, which also have some historical, topographic and natural history notes, there are bibliographies of the geological literature with internet links. The guides and bibliographies are intended to be as reliable, accurate and detailed as possible. They are largely in university scientific style and guides are as far as possible cross-referenced by internal links to literature in the bibliographies. This set of webpages was commenced in 1997 and is intended for geologists, geomorphologists, fossil collectors, university students and school students, walkers, naturalists and anyone interested in the magnificent coasts of southern England. The guides are intended to be permanent, reference resources on the geology of the south coast and not ephemeral websites. They are subject to regular expansion and revision; they are unfinished and are developed further almost daily. Use is very heavy, and with more than 150,000 page requests to the server per week, they comprise one of the most visited geological websites in the world.



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Geology of Britain - Intro with Geological Maps
Geology of South Coast - Intro with Geological Maps

Lias Fossils | Corallian Fossils| Kimmeridge Fossils|
Southampton University Fossil Collection | Rocks & Minerals|

Barton and Highcliffe - Barton Clay & Sand (Eocene)
Barton and Highcliffe - Coast Erosion
Hordle Cliff - Headon Hill Formation, Solent Group (Eocene)
Barton, Highcliffe, and Hordle Cliff, Bibliography
Hurst Castle Spit (in preparation)

Bridport Area, - West Bay (Low. & M. Jurassic)
Bridport Area - Burton Bradstock, Burton Cliff
Bridport Area - Eype Mouth (new in prep)

Bournemouth Cliffs (Eocene) with Sandbanks
Bournemouth - Hengistbury Head - Introduction (new)
Bournemouth - Hengistbury Head - Bibliography (new)
Brownsea Island (to be expanded)

Chesil Beach - General Introduction to the Tombolo
Chesil Beach - Storms, Floods and Overtopping of the Bank
Chesil Beach - Pebbles, including rare rock types (in prep.)
Chesil Beach - Magnetite, Lodestone, Pebbles from Shipwreck
Chesil Beach - Geology Bibliography

Durlston Bay, Pt. 1 - Upper Purbeck Formation (Cretac)
Durlston Bay - Pt. 2 - Middle Purbeck (Cretaceous)
Durlston Bay - Pt. 3 - Lower Purbeck (Jurassic-Cretaceous)
Durlston Bay - Pt. 4 - Bibliography

Isle of Wight Geology - Introduction
Isle of Wight, Whitecliff Bay
Isle of Wight, Alum Bay
Isle of Wight Geology - Bibliography

Kimmeridge, - Introduction
Kimmeridge - Fossils
Kimmeridge - Locations Map
Kimmeridge - Kimmeridge Bay
Kimmeridge - Kimmeridge Bay to Gad Cliff
Kimmeridge - Hen Cliff, Yellow Ledge and Cuddle
Kimmeridge - Burning Beach, Burning Cliffs
Kimmeridge - Blackstone, Oil Shale at Clavell's Hard
Kimmeridge - Rope Lake Head to Freshwater Steps
Kimmeridge - Egmont Bight to Chapman's Pool
Kimmeridge - Bibliography - Start
Kimmeridge - Bibliography Continued

Lulworth Area, - Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Area - Fossil Forest
Lulworth Area - Stair Hole
Lulworth Area - Dungy Head
Lulworth Area - Durdle Door
Lulworth Area - Mupe Bay
Lulworth Area - Worbarrow Bay
Lulworth Area - Bibliography
Lulworth Area - Strata and Fossils

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Lyme Regis West, Monmouth Beach & Chippel Bay
Lyme Regis - East to Charmouth (Black Ven)
Lyme area - Charmouth, Stonebarrow, St. Gabriel's
Lyme Regis - Lias Fossils
Lyme Regis - Bibliography
Lyme Regis - Burning Cliffs & Lyme Volcano

New Forest Geology - Bibliography
New Forest Geology Guide New Forest - Lepe Beach and Stone Point

Osmington - (U. Jurassic, Corallian) - Introduction
Osmington - Osmington Mills to Ringstead
Osmington - Bencliff Grit and Oil-sand
Osmington - Osmington Oolite
Osmington - Black Head
Osmington - Corallian Fossils
Osmington - Corallian Bibliography

Petroleum Geology of Dorset - Bibliography

Portland, Isle of, - General (U. Jurassic)
Portland - Portland Bill
Portland - Withies Croft Quarry
Portland - Chesil Beach
Portland - Dinosaur Footprints
Portland - Portland Harbour - (in prep.)
Portland - Bibliography
Portland - Mutton Cove to Wallsend
Portland Group Fossils

Purbeck Formation, - Facies (Low. Cretac.)
Purbeck Evaporites
Purbeck Formation - Bibliography - General
Purbeck Formation - Bibliography - Topics, Alphabetic.
Purbeck Formation - Dinosaur Footprints of Portland
Purbeck Formation - Bibliography - Vertebrates
Purbeck Formation - Analogues

Solent Shores, Tertiary - Quaternary
Solent Boreholes
Solent Geology Bibliography - General
Solent Geology Bibliography - Topics, Alphabetically
Solent - Bracklesham Bay and Selsey Bill (for future preparation)
Solent - Lepe Beach and Stone Point
Solent - Submerged Forest off Hayling Island
Solent - Erratics of the Wessex Coast
Solent - Geology of Fawley Power Station

St. Aldhelm's Hd to Durlston, - Pt. 1 - Introduction
St. Aldhelm's Hd to Durlston Hd - Pt. 2 - St. Aldhelm's Head
St. Aldhelm's Hd to Durlston Hd - Pt. 3 - Winspit, Seacombe
St. Aldhelm's Hd to Durlston Hd - Pt. 4 - Dancing Ledge
St. Aldhelm's Hd to Durlston Hd - Pt. 5 - Anvil Pt, Durlston Hd
St. Aldhelm's Hd to Durlston Hd - Pt. 6 - Bibliography

Studland - South Haven Peninsula
Studland Tertiary Cliffs
Studland - Harry Rocks to Ballard Point
Studland & Harry Rocks; Bibliography
Swanage Bay
Swanworth Quarry, Worth Matravers (new for development)

Safety during Fieldwork
Safety during Fieldwork -Bibliography

Other Field Guides, Field Topics and Bibliographies etc

Staithes - Lower Jurassic, Yorkshire Coast
Sabkhas Sedimentology, Middle East and N. Africa
Eastern Pyrenees Bibliography

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