Plant Fossil Wood

The Wealden Beds formed in a landscape of rivers and lakes. Floods caught up trees and other vegetation and swept them down the water courses. As a result, some layers are packed with wood, typically pointing in the same direction – the direction in which the rivers were flowing. Wealden wood is crushed and heavily carbonised into a form very like Whitby jet, except Dorset’s jet tends to crumble and break.

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Common name

Plant Fossil Wood

Type

Wood & Plants


Strata

Wealden Beds

Time period

Lower Cretaceous

Age

135 million years

Where found

Worbarrow Bay

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.06690