23 Dec 2007

Runswick Bay cliffs

The shale here is very friable, heavily stained with iron and the cliff is in a constant state of collapse. A couple of northerly storms and this section of shale will be gone.
A few metres to the north, the shale becomes more solid and oozes oil. The oil content allowed the shale and brushwood pyres in the alum works to smoulder for months.

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