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Rock Stack Off Portland Collapses In Storms

Portland Dog Rock

7:57am 7th January 2014

A rock, popular with climbers on Portland, has collapsed into the sea after being battered by wind and rain during the storms.

Dog Rock, as it's known, could be found sticking out of the water to the east of the Lobster Pot at Portland Bill until it crumbled away.

It was a popular place for climbing enthusiasts who would scale the structure. It's also understood many people used the rock as a launch pad to jump off into the sea.

Dr Sam Rose is the Team Leader of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team told Wessex FM the rock is now flat;

This is natural erosion, this is why the Jurassic coast is a world heritage site and it's so important, because the coast is constantly eroding. Along some parts of the coast when the weather is like this you get nice fossil finds like down in Charmouth and Lyme Regis. But in other places you get more catastrophic events like this rock - Dog's Rock - falling over."

"It's quite rare to see these old monolithic structures fall over and get knocked over, there aren't too many of them, but when they do go down I guess it's quite spectacular."

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