Whence is this mass of shingle derived?
Weymouths Volume 10—Whence is this mass of shingle derived?
The title of this volume, in the form of a question, is extracted from the 1884 text Geology of Weymouth, Portland, and coast of Dorsetshire, from Swanage to Bridport-on-the-Sea, with natural history and archeological notes by Robert Damon. I’ve pulled 11 pages of the book to use here—the entire “Chesil Bank” section—speculating on the forces at work behind this rare geological formation.
The second text—59 words placed on top of my photographs at Chesil Beach—is the opening paragraph to John Cowper Powys’s 1934 Weymouth Sands. A single word per page slows it down, illustrates each word (or pair of words), opens up the read.
The sea lost nothing of the swallowing identity of its great outer mass of waters in the emphatic, individual character of each particular wave. Each wave, as it rolled in upon the high-pebbled beach, was an epitome of the whole body of the sea, and carried with it all the vast mysterious quality of the earth’s ancient antagonist.