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.
Find out more on the wood and plants page.