& Mineral Society
Notes and finds
from our field trip to Warden Point, Isle of Sheppey on 20th
A cool day turned into a nice dry day ahead of the group as all congregated
in the car park at Warden Point at around 10 am on the Saturday morning.
The onshore breeze kept the tide in higher for longer, however it
was dry and occasionally sunny, so a good start.
It was perfect for those who wished to lie on the beach and sort through
the various strands in search of fossils from the London Clay. Those
that wished to walked around the point in search of fresh Septarian
nodules to break open, in their search for Barite crystals. This winter
has been relatively wet and a lot of slumping has occurred enhancing
the possibility of gypsum crystals being found within the mud.
Fossil finds included sharks teeth, shark vertebrae, fish vertebrae,
brachiopods, bivalves, gastropods, crabs (within phosphate nodules)
and also Toredo worm borings within fossil wood.
Minerals found included gypsum (selenite) crystals, pyrite, calcite
Some of the successful
finds collected by the members who joined the group
hunting for "goodies" at Warden Point, Isle of Sheppey, Kent on
18th April 2009
Paul found these amazing shark teeth and vertabra on the day.
John found this rather unusual specimen!.... excellent symmetry!
(Anybody know what kind of medal / badge it is? Answers on a postcard
....along with a number of "more acceptable" geological examples!
Baryte crystal spray in calcite-lined Septarian Nodule section.