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Bowers Quarry has gradually extended south towards the sprawling Weston Estate as seen in this aerial photograph.

There are many old tramway remains between the quarry and the cliff edge as seen in the upper left-hand part of this aerial picture.

Bowers Quarry is one of the few working quarries on Portland and has been used to pioneer the use of horizontal mineshafts to extract Portland Stone.

A comprehensive history of this quarry written by Ashley Smith can be read here.

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BOWERS QUARRY

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THE ‘MEMO’ PROJECT

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ANOTHER OF MY HOBBIES

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BOWERS QUARRY

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These two pictures show the experimental mine being created. These pictures were taken during a visit to the mine on an Open Day in 2005.

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Checking the roof for movement.

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Above small cubic crystallised entities are embedded in the stone.

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The Portland and Purbeck beds which make up the overwhelming mass of the Isle of Portland were formed about 130 - 140 million years ago in shallow tropical lagoons when the land was at about 38 degrees north of the equator. For a brief time during the laying down of the Purbeck bed the seabed rose and dried out. This allowed soil to form, as seen above, and plants and trees grew.

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A wonderful mass of fossils displayed at Bowers Quarry. These were variously known as 'Osses 'Eads (because the bivalve Myophorella looked a little like a horse's head to quarrymen) and Portland Screws - a conical gastropod.

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The working quarry.

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An abandoned explosives magazine on the edge of Bowers Quarry.

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THE MASS EXTINCTION MEMORIAL OBSERVATORY (MEMO)

A site near the western boundary of Bowers Quarry, shown approximately on the above map, has been allocated to build the Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO). This will be in the form of a conical tower within which visitors can walk on a spiral exhibition structure illustrating representations of some of the species that have gone extinct on Earth since the Dodo was driven to extinction about 350 years ago.

Some 860 species will be represented in the visitor attraction.

Please click here to learn more about this undertaking including pictures showing what the structure will look like.

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ANOTHER OF MY HOBBIES

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In 2014 at the age of 75 I started a new hobby - writing books. These are available as paperbacks and free ebooks. 

Please click here for details. All have been very well received; so far gathering all ‘five star’ reviews apart from one ‘four star’ review.

I also have many other websites covering a wide range of interesting topics. These can be visited by clicking here.

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