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ChrisJH
Oops forgot about this recent piece too - Lepidodendron ??


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Coffee & Cake time

Chris


A Waster, A Cad and A Complete Bounder....in short an absolute Shower.
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ChrisJH
to those N.Easterners on the board

anybody know if there are fossil deposits exposed on the coastal section around Seaham

has anyone looked ????

cheers

Chris

A Waster, A Cad and A Complete Bounder....in short an absolute Shower.
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TqB
Hi Chris,
 

It's not very exciting, the Seaham Beds (Permian) contain moulds of bivalves (Schizodus and Liebea) but the commonest fossil is  Calcinema (=Tubulites) permianus, a stick shaped calcareous alga.
Tarquin
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ChrisJH
Hi Tarquin

hmmmm doesn't sound inspiring

thought this was the area that they dumped the colliery waste - or am I getting it all turned around as usual

then again with the state of the weather outside at the moment (Sleet !) I'm not going anywhere in a hurry

Chris

A Waster, A Cad and A Complete Bounder....in short an absolute Shower.
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TqB
There's plenty of Carboniferous bits and pieces on the beach, both from the colliery and the Boulder Clay; the outcropping rocks are Permian.
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SteveD
Hi Chris,
 

Productive locations around Durham are hard to come by. Permian reef outcrops are exposed around Sunderland, but collecting is not possible as they are protected under various legislation (Natural England). However, its worth checking for road work cuttings etc.

 

I have collected from the colliery waste in Seaham myself and you have to work hard to spot any fossil material. I think your best option would be to travel to Seaton Sluice (Whitley Bay) as various Carboniferous fossils have been found here. Its also under the "Locations" section of this site.

 

Hope this helps,

 

Steve
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ChrisJH
Hi Steve

many thanks for the reply..was just wondering about a coast day out for a change.

Tried Seaton Sluice but was very disappointed..very poor quality stuff weathering out....probably needs a damn good storm

will just have to stay on home ground in Weardale/Teesdale - when the weather allows of course

Chris

A Waster, A Cad and A Complete Bounder....in short an absolute Shower.
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SteveD
Hi Chris,
 

Sorry to hear about Seaton Sluice, like you say with a good storm material may become exposed. 

 

Have you made any finds from the Weardale / Teesdale area? I found a lovely stigmaria section on a river bed in Middleton.

 

When the river levels are low in the weardale area, some great fossils can be collected. I know of a few people that have found complete Carboniferous trilobites. I even found a small section of one myself. I also once found a spirifer brachiopod near Wolsingham and I think there are carboniferous exposures around Stanhope.

 

One of the highlights of the Durham area is the marl slate, where permian fish and even reptiles can turn up. This slate is exposed in some quarries, but I heard access is very difficult. Sunderland museum has a great collection and its well worth a visit if your in the area. 

 

I think it will be some time before I will be out collecting again, what with all this snow...
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ChrisJH
Steve

sorry not to reply - very rude, but have been busy with other projects of late (and getting over a twisted ankle/ripped achilles into the bargain) - yes got whilst out looking in quarries.

Have collected a number of examples of stigmaria, Sigillaria and Lepidodendron and a growing number of Calamites from Weardale

recent fossils from Weardale are A section of Calamites (Over a foot long)
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and a piece of Lepidodendron ??

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Both from the Stanhope Area

Have never found Tribs in Co Durham...and the Marl Slate seems to be confined to small sections at Tynemouth (Under the castle) and Cullercoats at the end of the South Breakwater...Trimdon might have some deposits left but I am not sure.

amazing what turns up when we get out and look

anyway enough for now off to get coffee

Chris








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