Beach pebbles

Pick up a pebble on a beach and hold the story of the Earth in your hand!

It may have pretty colours; it may glint in the sun.

When wet, you may see more clearly those strange and wonderful textures and patterns.

Pebbles are waterworn stones no larger than a tennis ball and no smaller than a small pea.

They have started life by being broken from the cliffs, or brought down to the sea by rivers. Some may even be man-made.

All the pebbles featured have been picked up from beaches. They show different colours, shapes and internal features which catch your eye. They also include the main varieties of rocks.

Man-made pebbles

Selection of pebbles
Selection of pebbles

Selection of pebbles
  1. Conglomerate
  2. Granite
  3. Quartz breccia
  4. Quartz veinstone
  5. Glass
  6. Flint
  7. Serpentine
  8. Jasper
  9. Schist
  10. Spotted slate
  11. Sandstone
  12. Pink feldspar veins