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Taken by
The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"
Explore score
4.28 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 24, 2009
Date taken
Aug 23, 2009

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Seatown, Dorset at 9:30am.

I went to Seatown with my friend Igor many years ago. We camped in a field right next to the beach and a pub that did good food, and I remembered it as very pleasant spot. So when my friend - fossil-head cmlbath - told me that it was one of the best places in the country for fossils, I suggested we go there and we did. There is a companion shot taken from the beach here: tinyurl.com/qslfgy Will open in a new tab or window.
As you can see, the camp site has grown somewhat! It even has its own sewerage treatment plant. However, this unsavoury fact aside, I enjoyed my stay there. This surprised me because the camp site is big and quite noisy in the evenings with children running around screaming etc. Then I discovered that I rather liked being there because it reminded me of my childhood and how exciting it was to camp and in a place like this in particular. I nearly channelled the spirit of my childhood self and started running around screaming myself.

I like this shot very much. My normal reaction when seeing a wonderful coastal view with a camp site like this is to bemoan the visual blight of coastal camp sites. But it struck me that there are all sorts of tiny everyday details in this shot and it is to be much preferred over boring landscape panoramas (imo of course). Also, I have taken a number of gigapans where in principle one could see cmlbath looking for fossils but for one reason or another he is not actually in the shot. But at last I have captured the man in action. 10 points for the first person to snapshot him. (2 points for spotting his car.) If you are a relatively new cmlbath-spotter, you may find this image useful: tinyurl.com/ltsu7o Will open in a new tab or window.

Gigapan Comments (4)

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  1. The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661"

    The Gigapanographer Currently Known as "Kilgore661" (August 25, 2009, 11:16PM )

    I think you can do whatever you like provided you comply with the fossil-collecting code. There's a link to this and a good shot of fossils here: www.gigapan.org/viewGigapan.php?id= 28552.

  2. David Engle

    David Engle (August 25, 2009, 04:01PM )

    If I were to travel to Seatown and Golden Cap, could I bring my Texas-sized shovel and dig a hole, say, 6 foot deep and 4 foot square? Surely the people of Seatown accept serious fossil hunters???

  3. C Lloyd

    C Lloyd (August 25, 2009, 03:55PM )

    More of British Geology: the country in unusual in having rocks of every age from the Archaean onwards readily viewable in one small landmass. The whole place is tilted, the oldest rocks are in NW Scotland and the youngest in the SE (roughly). You can walk along the south coast and see the strata exposed from Devonian and earlier through to the Neogene, and find fossils from each period. Sea Town is Jurassic country when the area was a shallow, warm sea with lots of erosion, leaving layers of fairly fine sedimentary rocks and pretty good conditions for fossilisation.

  4. C Lloyd

    C Lloyd (August 25, 2009, 03:23PM )

    Fossil central, lots of ammonites, belemnites, crinoids and snails in soft Jurassic limestone and marls. Plenty of iron pyrites fossils too. Lots of the ammonites are too soft and crumble away though and many are reduced to the body chamber only but are plentiful, Asteroceras is the most common. Every year or so a decent Ichthyosaur fossil will appear too. Still not found any marine reptile bones here though. The best bit is right under Golden Cap, a long way from the car park but it is ever thus.

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