The Black, Lonely Beach, Robin Hood's Bay

Sandra Cockayne

Low Row, United Kingdom

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The tide is out at Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire, England, UK…..

The reason why it has a black beach, is that it is full of tiny, miniscule pieces of Whitby Jet, called “Shore Coal”.

Jet has been used for over 4 thousand years to make jewellery, ornaments and other artefacts. During the 19th century, around 1500 people were employed in Whitby to create, work and find Jet for the propose of making these treasured belongings. In the Victorian period, Queen Victoria made Jet a highly fashionable piece of jewellery, making pieces of jewellery containing Jet a highly prized possession. Jet has also been believed in the past to bring good fortune and magical protection to the person wearing it.

Jet is a form of fossilised drift wood created over a period of 120 million years. it is believed that Jet comes from the Araucaria tree known in the common name of the Monkey puzzle tree. When the trees became imbedded in a thick layer of sedimentary rock they began to fossilise and turn to Jet. Jet is a combination of several chemicals the most common being carbon, Hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur and oxygen. Trace elements include silicon, potassium, calcium, iron, copper and aluminium.

Information kindly sourced from the Whitby Jet Heritage website….. Many thanks.

Taken whilst having a mini-break with Irene Burdell, where we met Trevor Ebdon (Trevor34) in Scarborough and then travelled to this lovely part of the North Yorkshire coast.

Sony A200.
Sony 11-18 wide angle lens.

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