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Colemans Farm Gravel Quarry, WITHAM, Braintree District, TL834153, General geological site

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Site category: Thames (pre-diversion)

Site name: Colemans Farm Gravel Quarry

Grid reference: TL 834153

Brief description of site:

A working gravel quarry with exposures of Kesgrave (Thames) Sands and Gravels. Access to the quarry is only available with permission from the quarry operators.

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Coleman's Farm Gravel Quarry is working the Kesgrave Sands and Gravels (Kesgrave Formation) which were laid down during the early Ice Age by the River Thames when it flowed through north Essex and Suffolk and out across what is now the southern North Sea to become a tributary of the Rhine.

A number of interesting erratic cobbles and boulders have been found in the gravels, including 'exotic' rocks from Cornwall and North Wales (see Lucy 1999).

 

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Reference: Lucy 1999

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