Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 1a - Close up photograph of natural patterns of cracks in a boulder on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

Monmouth Beach - Cliff and beach boulders at Lyme Regis.The boulder-covered shore at Monmouth Beach in Lyme Regis is mostly famous for its fossils like ammonites and petrified wood. The stretch of coastline to which it belongs is a part of the designated World Heritage Site called the Jurassic Coast….but even the boulders themselves are interesting and can show intriguing designs of fractures and cracks that are in some way related to the sediment types, although I don’t know how. Here are some examples, showing first the natural fracture pattern in a close-up shot and then the picture of the boulder on which it was found, in context on the beach.

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 1b - Boulder with a natural pattern of cracks on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 2a - Close up photograph of natural patterns of cracks in a boulder on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 2b - Boulder with a natural pattern of cracks on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 3a - Close up photograph of natural patterns of cracks in a boulder on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 3b - Boulder with a natural pattern of cracks on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 4a - Close up photograph of natural patterns of cracks in a boulder on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 4b - Boulder with a natural pattern of cracks on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 5a - Close up photograph of natural patterns of cracks in a boulder on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

Natural Fracture Patterns in Rocks 5b - Boulder with a natural pattern of cracks on the shore at Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

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