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Alum Bay

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Alum Bay is the location of a classic sequence of upper Paleocene and Eocene beds of soft sands and clays. The strata in the main section of the bay are near vertical and the sands are coloured due to oxidised iron compounds formed under different conditions. A stunning view of the Needles rock formation is available from Alum Bay, along with optional boat trips from the pier.

Such is the variety of colour in the sands that they were used in Victorian times for marmotinto, a popular artform.

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Alum Bay Glass

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The making of fine quality glass has always held a fascination. The glassmaker's art has resulted in some of the most beautiful objects mankind has made. The master glassmakers take Alum Bay coloured sands and turn them into glass objects right before your very eyes!

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Chines of the Isle of Wight

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A chine is a steep-sided river valley through soft eroding coastal cliffs of sandstone or clay. Fascinating folklore is attached to chines which have been linked to smuggling and shipwrecks.

The Island is home to 20 chines, many accessible, offering great opportunities for study.

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Compton Bay & Downs

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A sandy bay running from the stunning white cliffs of Freshwater along to soft red and orange Cretaceous rocks which are rapidly eroding. One of the best places in Europe for fossil hunting, and definitely the best place on the Island to see dinosaur footprints!

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Freshwater Bay

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Named after poet Alfred Lord Tennyson who lived nearby, Tennyson Down is a 3 mile chalk ridge extending from the Needles in the west to Freshwater Bay in the east.

Atop the down is a monument to Tennyson.

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St Lawrence Undercliff

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The largest urban landslide complex in northern Europe, The Undercliff stretches from Niton to Bonchurch and its sheltered south facing location gives rise to a microclimate considerably warmer than elsewhere on the Island.

Still prone to landslips and subsidence this is an ideal location to study coastal erosion.

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