Subscribe to our Newsletter
65 - 1.8 Million years ago
Any rocks laid down during the Jurassic and Cretaceous period were weathered away during the Cenozoic but we still find remnant flint deposits all over the region and on the beaches.
Additionally, the Alpine or Alpide Orogeny, another mountain building period began when the continents Africa and India and the small Cimmerian Plate collided (from the south) with Eurasia in the north.
Currently the process still continues in some of the Alpide mountain ranges e.g the Himalayas. Although the major effects of this phase are found in Europe, Torbay saw much faulting and fracturing of the rocks. The fault lines criss cross the Bay, faulting shaping the headland of Meadfoot and the Lustleigh-Sticklepath fault emerges in Torquay.In fact the cliff railway at Babbacome, Torquay, built in 1924 utilises a fault line to its advantage.