White Cliffs of Dover

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'ET' Dust Extracted From White Cliffs of Dover

Cosmic particles could offer clues to past major events like asteroid collisions

(Newser) - The White Cliffs of Dover serve as both a stunning photographic subject and as an iconic British symbol of defense during war. Now they're also a geological museum of sorts: Scientists from Imperial College London have discovered 76 particles of fossilized cosmic dust in the chalky limestone, which could... More »

In Algae, a Key to White Cliffs of Dover

They could in theory be replicated in the Antarctic—in millions of years

(Newser) - Had William Shakespeare had a chance to peruse a new study, he might have praised nitrate for the dizzying view from atop the White Cliffs of Dover. That’s because the tiny algae, known as coccolithophores, which helped form the famous cliffs some 100 million years ago benefited from a... More »

Part of Dover's White Cliffs Collapses Into Sea

'Substantial' rockfall, but no one injured

(Newser) - The white cliffs of Dover experienced a "substantial" rockfall today, causing a large section of the cliff face to shear off and collapse into the English Channel. Rain, first freezing and then expanding after being absorbed in the chalk cliffs, may have caused the collapse, the Guardian reports. "... More »

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