The Mass Extinction Memorial Observatory (MEMO) is a circular enclosure of Portland limestone. The inside surface is carved by expert stonemasons with images of all the species known to have perished in modern times; the outside is decorated with friezes based on microorganisms, carved by local schoolchildren and other members of the public invited to try their hand at carving during the Jurassic Coast Earth Festival 2012 in Lyme Regis earlier this year. Permission has been given for the memorial to be placed on an extraordinary cliff-top site on the Isle of Portland, part of the UNESCO World ...


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