Dorset and East Devon Coast

CountryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationDorset and East Devon, England
CoordinatesN50 42 20 W2 59 23.6
Inscription Date2001
Property (ha)2,550
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history; including the record of life; significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms; or significant geomorphic or physiographic features
All ThreatsPollution of marine waters
Unesco Reference Number1029
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe cliff exposures along the Dorset and East Devon coast provide an almost continuous sequence of rock formations spanning the Mesozoic Era, or some 185 million years of the earth's history. The area's important fossil sites and classic coastal geomorphologic features have contributed to the study of earth sciences for over 300 years.
StatusWorld Heritage Site