Textures on the beach

At the base of an unstable clay cliff on Barton Beach in Hampshire, these vivid colours catch the eye.
Further along the same beach – if you’re in luck you may find a fossilised shark’s tooth, tens of millions of years old.
I never worked out how these holes were formed. They don’t seem to be made by living creatures but, perhaps, in the long distant past….?
A trickle of. presumably, iron-rich water running out from the base of the cliff drew this diagonal line across the rock.
A bit further down the line the flow forms a “delta” and the colours change.
Some colours are definitely not natural – this was some form of oil pollution spilling across the sands at Steart Beach in Somerset.

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