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Lyme Regis, Dorset by richard edmonds

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richard edmonds richard edmonds
Explore score
0.27 Gigapixels
Date added
Jul 27, 2009
Date taken
Apr 11, 2009

The town on a busy Easter bank holiday weekend!

Lyme is known as the ‘Pearl of Dorset’ and is rich in history. This view is from the Cobb, Lyme’s famous curvy harbour and this spot is where Meryl Streep stood during a storm in one of the early scenes from the film, ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’, adopted from a novel by local author John Fowles.

The cliffs to the east are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the beaches are rich with fossils. It was here, in Lyme that the first fossil marine reptiles, ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, together with flying reptiles came to the attention of science due to the efforts of local collectors, most famously Mary Anning.

In recent years massive engineering works have been undertaken by West Dorset District Council to protect the town from the storms and landslides but erosion continues. There is a paradox; the reason why Lyme is so famous for fossils and why the surrounding coast is so interesting, internationally important and beautiful is because it is eroding. Finding the balance between protecting the natural interests of the coast, a World Heritage Site, by allowing it to erode, and protecting the town from that erosion is a continuing challenge for all involved in managing this coastline made beautiful by both natural erosion and human endeavour.

For more information, check out www.jurassiccoast.com Will open in a new tab or window
www.soton.ac.uk/~imw/Lyme-Regis-town.htm Will open in a new tab or window

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 269 megapixels (23784 x 11313 pixels)
Input images: 54 (9 columns by 6 rows)
Field of view: 159.3 degrees wide by 75.8 degrees high (top=30.0, bottom=-45.7)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot SD880 IS
Image size: 3648x2736 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-04-11 15:42:37 - 2009-04-11 15:46:12
Aperture: f/10
Exposure time: 0.0015625
ISO: 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 83.9 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 34.1 to 48.0 percent
Vertical overlap: 36.2 to 37.3 percent
Computer stats: 1023.23 MB RAM, 1 CPUs
Total time 1:10:35 (1:18 per picture)
Alignment: 5:11, Projection: 6:18, Blending: 59:04

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