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Debden Road Chalk Pit, NEWPORT, Uttlesford District, TL52443384, Potential Local Geological Site

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Site name: Debden Road Chalk Pit

Grid reference: TL 5244 3384

Brief description of site:

Small roadside pit on the Debden Road with minor exposure of Upper Chalk overlain by glacial till.

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Next to the layby on the north side of the Debden Road is a small overgrown pit with a small exposure of Upper Chalk overlain by boulder clay (glacial till) consisting of light brown clay with chalk pebbles.

The chalk is mostly obscured by talus but the junction of the till with the chalk is clearly visible and well defined. As this site is next to a parking area it is an important educational site. The exposure could be considerably improved by cleaning the section and removal of some vegetation. There may be another exposure a few yards to the west but this is obscured by vegetation and talus.



Debden Road Chalk Pit. Photo: G.Lucy

 

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