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The White Cliffs

The White Cliffs are one of England's most famous and celebrated natural landmarks and the inspiration of the famous song ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’, symbol of hope for the peace.

The cliffs were formed in the Cretaceous Period (Mesozoic Era), which was started about 136,000,000 years ago, and are essentially marine in origin, probably originating in deep, open sea. They consist mainly of upper, middle and lower chalk, i.e. white, soft pure limestone composed of countless shells. The top of Shakespeare Cliff for example, consists of nodular upper chalk with flints, the centre of middle white and nodular chalk and the bottom of chalk (glauconitic) marl and grey chalk on a base of gault and greensand.

Numerous fossils have been discovered in the chalk, ranging from shark's teeth, ventriculites, micrasters and many sponges in the upper chalk, to large pectens, palatal teeth oysters, ammonites, remains of saurians and brain corals in the middle and lower chalk.

Diverse tour services are offered to enjoy of the White Cliffs, there are 40-minute White Cliff Boat Tours that leave from the Clock Tower in the Marina. Also you can go ahead the White Cliffs Park, where you'll find glorious views of the English Channel.

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