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andy333
Ahhh  thanks Dibbs. I see what Ive done.
Best wishes
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hooken
Hi folks
 

Off to IOW again next month. I have previously seen chalk fossils from Ventnor and have been doing some snooping on google earth. There are some low chalk cliffs just to the west of the town/harbour. Does anyone know what type of chalk they are and how good they are for fossils.

I see they are protected by sea defences but thought they might still be worth a look.

 

Cheers...

H.
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cliffwichard

Hi Hooken,


The cliffs i think you refer to start just after the pub. there are stairs down to sea level from the upper car park, although last year closed due to rockfall. I have always found it to bes reasonably productive collecting here for shark teeth, ammos and brachs etc from lower chalk marl ?/greensand. Lots of new rock fall to search through and not affected by the tide. You can walk out from the western end back up the path to the car park. keep going round towards Compton (tidal) is also good collecting.


Regards,
Richard
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gigantopithicus
 The areas around st. catherinse point and rocken end are normally fairly good for fossils (lower chalk and greensand), saying that i was there last week and got a small bit or turrilites and thats about it .

Though i have had a small block with 2 beautiful holaster urchins from the greensand there, but got that a couple of months back

all the plates are nicely preserved but both have a round mark of damage on the front thats not associated with the bedding, bit odd.

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AMARSH
Hi Gigantopithicus
 

Any chance of a photo of the Turillites?

 

Andrew
Andrew Marsh
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Gary W
Rocken End is a really good location with small ammonites and shark teeth commonly found.
 

 
Gary
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gigantopithicus

AMARSH wrote:
Hi Gigantopithicus
 

Any chance of a photo of the Turillites?

 

Andrew


It's only a small scrappy one, have seen much better from down there, but as i said we went on a day that seemed pretty poor.


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hooken
Thanks Guys,
 

I'll take a look at Ventnor then. I did try Rocken End last time and didn,t find a thing- might have another go though. Has anyone tried the chalk between Alum Bay and the Needles on a good low tide? The GCR report refers to these cliffs as dangerous- are they? and how much foreshore is exposed on a reasonably low tide?

 

Thanks,

H
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AMARSH
Hi Gigantopithicus

Still an interesting find. I collected a couple of similar fragments last summer. Have you ever found a more complete one there?
 

Andrew
Andrew Marsh
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gigantopithicus

AMARSH wrote:
Hi Gigantopithicus

Still an interesting find. I collected a couple of similar fragments last summer. Have you ever found a more complete one there?
 

Andrew


 Nope, i dont look there much, i usually stick to the stuff at yaverland and brook way when i have the time and can get there.

I have seen some very nice stuff from there but all collected by someone who spends alot of time there
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Gary W
You can get Belemites and Echinoids from the chalk cliffs in Alum Bay. 
Gary
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Dibbs
Recently back from the IOW. Didn't get to do much fossil hunting but made a special effort to visit the undercliff area. Loved Rocken End. Getting down to it from the sandrock car park was great fun, bit like an assault course with ropes to help you down steps cut into the landslipped mud and sticks with painted white tips to guide you. 
Found a few bits but am currently most intrigued by what I think is some kind of cenomanian sponge...
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Also found this shark tooth...
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And these ammos...
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quagga
Hi
Certainly looks spongey, interesting amoeboid shape.
Nice shark tooth
The ammo's 1,2,4&5 look like Schloenbachia varians.
ammo 3 looks like it could be Mantelliceras saxbii
thanks for showing.
Al

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Dibbs
Thanks Al.
The grey chalk with little black specks on the sponge seemed to be flaking off and quite soft when I found it. I'm soaking it and drying it hoping to get the rest off and reveal a bit more preserved surface. I'd love to get an id for the sponge and also wonder what type the chalk is and what the little dark specks are.
Cheers Steve
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beatpete
Hi, Steve
the little dark specks are glauconite flakes, a clay mineral that turns green when crushed
Beatpete
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Anywhere for little ammonites, twice as far for big ones!
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Dibbs
Ah, thankyou. Is this glauconitic marl then?
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gigantopithicus
 The ammonites are certainly from the glauconitic marl. If youre trying to wet them to prep them be careful, it makes the ammonite much weaker and they can often just snap. It can be better to leave them to full dry and take your time that way.

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spider
Very nice shark tooth and finds in general. It looks like you did very well Thumbs Up
Have a nice day :0)
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Johnny
Great finds, I love the sharks tooth, any idea on the species?
Mud glorious mud.
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andy333
Hi Hooken, that sponge is Hallirhoa costata  and very nice it is too.
Andy                                      

 
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Dibbs
Thanks so much for that Andy.
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