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SAND ORNAMENT - Alum Bay, Isle of Wight (Second hand)

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SAND ORNAMENT

Layers of coloured sand in a glass bottle with a cork stopper

​​​​​​​(Second hand item)
 
A classic sand ornament, probably from Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight. The coloured sands of Alum Bay have been collected and turned into attractive souvenirs since Victorian times.


The colours of the Alum Bay sands are entirely natural and are mostly due to various compounds of iron.  The sands in the cliffs here are part of the Bracklesham Beds and were laid down on an ancient sea floor about 40 million years ago.  Subsequent pressure imposed on the Earth’s crust by the formation of the Alps has pushed the entire sequence of rocks into a vertical position, thus enabling visitors to walk along the beach and therefore forwards or backwards in time.

This item is from an old collection.


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Size:  8 x 5 x 5 centimetres
Weight:  165 grams

PRICE: £6.00
Sorry, this item has been sold or is out of stock