ANOTHER PLANET..the lost world of Saltwick Bay ;)

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This promontory at Saltwick Bay has fascinated me all my life..It is a geological wonder since what you are looking at is the ancient sea-bed of some enormous ocean..The flaky shale alluvial deposits contain millions of fossils of creatures that once swam in the sea. Fossil hunting is a very popular activity. There are seams of black Jet, a hard coal-like substance that can be cut, carved and polished and set into gold and silver jewellery ..There are several craftsmen in the locale who are involved with this highly skilled artwork.

The area was/is rich in mineral deposits, including ironstone..Where these seams become exposed to sea air, as can be seen in the middle-right of the photo, the iron oxides (rust) appear as a reddish coating.

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Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 21, 2011

The geology of the Yorkshire coast throws up some strange phenomena, like the bay, seen here at Saltwick, near Whitby!..

There has been much exploitation of minerals all along the coast over many centuries, notably iron-stone and alum..This strange red colour is possibly due to iron oxides leaching out of this seam! HERE in Paula K's photo, the red promontory can be seen from a different view point!

Less than 40 Km down the coast, the geology changes dramatically at Bemton where the cliffs are almost white, like those on the south UK coast at Dover

Gabor Retei on June 22, 2011

Good info for your great shot Jim.

Greetings from Canada, Gabe

ps. Congratulations for the NPC results!

乾龍 on June 22, 2011

Very beautiful scenery

I like

Best wishes from Taiwan,Qianlong

joyfotos on June 22, 2011

I love low tide shots that show a different world than at high tide. This shot looks very different in slide show and normal - I think it is a bit richer with the black screen of slide show. Either way it is very deserving of a like!

Rhea on June 22, 2011

My goodness, that is an exciting picture. Like science fiction. I like it:)

~Marlene~ No Views! on June 22, 2011

You are outdoing yourself, Jim... This is a very dramatic photo! It has such great elements~ light, composition, color & texture. Great work! Like

Warm regards, Marlene

Nick Weall on June 22, 2011

Somebody should put some cream on that raw spot:)

Seriously though this is the most marvellous topography and a wonderful secret looking spot although I spy a caravan park at the top ~ lucky people ~

Thanks for the great background information Jim ~ best wishes ~ nick

BritPlom on June 23, 2011

An excellent composition, Jim! Like

All this area looks dangerous to me regarding rising tides. Must be easy to get trapped! And the coastal erosion suggest that there must be big waves here.

Greetings François

Manfred Zoller on June 23, 2011

Excellent composition and interesting shot, thanks for the first comment like 8, best greetings from Manfred in Austria

Dee Wainwright on June 23, 2011

This is beautiful jim and even nicer up close :-)

Patricia Hiele on June 23, 2011

What a special spot!!!

I should keep it in mind for future UK-trips!

Gtz, Patricia

Rosalyn Hilborne on June 24, 2011

Very dramatic and beautiful Jim. Thanks for the information, it brings the picture alive. Cheers, Rosa.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 24, 2011

Gabor Retei~~~Your'e most welcome Gabe ;)

乾龍~~~Much appreciated Qianlong

joyfotos~~~This is a strange unworldly place, it has fascinated me since I was a small boy..It looks very different HERE

Rhea~~~Hi! Rhea ;)..You are right, it's like visiting another planet..(this is probably where my mind set is) ;>)

mabel65~~~~I had a lot of fun composing this Marlene ;)

Nick Weall~~~Thank you Doctor Weall, a liberal coating of SAVLON should dim it down a bit ;>)

© KennyW~~~Yes Kenny ;) the problem with fossiling is that ones identity often gets mistaken!

John J. Slovinec, Sr~~~This promontory is an easily recognised landmark John, there's no mistaking this one!

BritPlom~~~~The emergency services are frequently called out to rescue unwary tourists who get trapped by the tide. Waves can be up-to 8M at the height of a storm.

manfrezo~~~Thanks so much Manfred ;)..I try to add something of local interest where applicable!

tonydanis~~~~I'm very grateful for your generous appraisal Tony ;) thank you!

Denise Gregory~~~ Aren't we lucky Denise..all this natural beauty right here on our doorstep!

Patricia Hiele~~~~Hehe! I remember well your love for rocks and unusual materials, well it's all here Patricia..quartz, amber, fools-gold, Jet and many more interesting items..don't forget your little hammer ;)

♦Rosa♦~~~~and thank you so much for your feedback Rosa...imagine, above this beautiful cove is a sprawling caravan site..the scourge of coastal resorts everywhere!

To you all, I express my sincere gratitude for your visits, precious comments, your endorsements-likes, Y's and for taking the time to look!

Kind regards :)


Dee Wainwright on June 24, 2011

we are :-) ive a few weeks off soon so watch this space lol i have a list of places i wonna go lol

patano on June 25, 2011

This shot is very good !Nice enquadre and composition !

Best regards from


Greetings from Genoa, Italy.


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 25, 2011

Denise Gregory~~Oh yes, I shall be looking forward to viewing your make sure you are set up when your man falls into the water ;)

patano~~~A warm welcome Pat..It is always a pleasure to receive your precious comments, many thanks for the like!

Kind regards to you both ;)


Alireza Javaheri on June 25, 2011

Hello jim

Wonderful colors


Anupam Mukherjee on June 25, 2011

Nice shot!!

L 13

Greetings, Anupam

Alfredo Henriques on June 25, 2011

Olá Jim Boa composição e boa explicação no comentário inicial, gosto.

Saudações desde Lisboa / Portugal, Alfredo

Laurentiu Mitu on June 25, 2011

Strange clouds, strange place, strange like....:-)))

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Photo taken in North Yorkshire & Cleveland Heritage Coast, Brotton, Redcar and Cleveland, UK

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  • Uploaded on June 21, 2011
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    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: NIKON E8700
    • Taken on 2010/08/12 12:33:14
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