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Cap Blanc Nez
Some fossil rich layers are found on the fore shore. At low tide you can reach the clay layers from the Albien (part of the Cretaceous period). The cliffs are from the Cenomanian and Turonian (upper Cretaceous period). See also the description of nearby location Cap Gris Nez.
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Cap Blanc Nez near the village of Escalles.
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The area, also known as Boulonnais, is located south of Calais at the French north coast. There are two major cliffs: Cap Blanc Nez and Cap Gris Nez. You can find fossils in the cliffs as well as in clay layers on the fore shore. At different locations you can find fossils:
- Escalles / Cap Blanc Nez Blanc Nez means "White nose", because of the white cliffs. On the fields around Cap Blanc Nez and Escalles you can find sponges and sea urchins. On the beach (to the right from Escalles) you can find these fossils and ammonites. Cap Blanc Nez can also be reached from Sangatte in the north. Beware of falling rocks near the cliff!
- Wissant / Strouanne On the fore shore (to the right from the village) sometimes fossil rich layers from the Albien (part of the Cretaceous period) are exposed. This can change very fast. Sometimes everything is covered with sand. In the clay you can find brachiopods, belemnites, gastropods, bivalves and ammonites (i.e. Anahoplites, Hamites and Hoplites). Shark teeth and fish remains are scarce.
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