Dunstable and Whipsnade Downs

This is a beautiful landscape on the edge of a steep escarpment of Middle Chalk. Upper Chalk and other thin deposits are locally preserved at the top of the scarp. Rock type can be inferred at the grand scale by landscape features (e.g. chalk escarpment, clay vale with gravel-capped hills) and also from small exposures in pathways or in rabbit scrapings. This further encourages links to be made between rock type and soils/vegetation (the site is an SSSI for chalk grassland species) and the manner in which the geomorphological features of the chalk (escarpment, coombes, dry valleys) developed during the Quaternary.

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