Photo 17 (Return)

Golden Cap headland and landslide complex 2001. A high, steep cliff composed of Liassic marls (lower) and Cretaceous Upper Greensand (upper) characterises this headland. Sediments released by landsliding accumulate on the foreshore and block drift. These processes accelerated in the 1940s and completely cut drift around 1960. Marine erosion has reduced the debris and some beaches are now re-establishing at the cliff toes so that free drift may again be possible in the future (1976 photo: Dorset County Council).