Focus on Sedimentary Environments

Ancient marine carbonate gravels

Caswell Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK

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The Bay
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This is the second of two virtual field trips to rocks of early Carboniferous age. Caswell Bay lies on the south coast of Wales, just southwest of the city of Swansea. The Lower Carboniferous rocks along this coast are responsible for the impressive scenery of the Gower Peninsula. These rocks, part of the Carboniferous Limestone Group, are well exposed on the raised beach platform on the east side of the bay (National grid reference SS 595874). The rocks shown in this short virtual field trip illustrate some interesting beds within the Caswell Bay Oolite, just one of several varied marine carbonate units exposed here.

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The following non-geological web sites give a good impression of the location and geography


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