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Some people say that the coast near Seaham is spoilt with remnants of the coal industry, and that the beach is littered with scrap metal and leftovers of former mining plants. Maybe they are right. But for those who look closely, some fascinating details become visible. Who left these tracks on the stone? How do the sea shells survive in the tidal territory? Lots of these small sea snails can be found clinging to the rocks. The continuous force of the sea has not only taken away most of the coal-mining trash, it has also created these arcs in the cliffs, making for interesting views. Multi-colored stones, resulting from iron residues, give the beach an industrial flair. The water is stained darkly with coal dust, but the waves don't seem to mind. The occasional yellow snail can be found between her star-shaped grey relatives. Do the snails make the trails? And what process shaped this surface? A "normal" beach would never show this colourful diversity. Each water-filled hole, no matter how tiny, becomes an animal refuge during low tide. Another strange piece of rock and more colourful pebbles ... The tide rushes in, black water gurgling around the rocks... ...time to retreat to higher ground? One last shiny pebble... ...and then, good bye, see you next weekend!