Herne Bay Museum Display
A fossil sea turtle preserved as phosphate in a cementstone concretion from the London Clay. It is around 50 million years old.
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Grid Reference: TQ743576
Allington Quarry is an important site for Pleistocene geomorphology, providing an extensive section through a series of loess filled gulls. The gulls do not appear to have been affected by downslope mass movements and are probably the product of ice-wedging and other periglacial processes. Allington Quarry is exceptional in demonstratig the lateral extent and depth of gulls and for the rare opportunity it presents for studying the formation and development of gulls in the absencee of downslope mass movements.
The gulls and loess, together with the fossil fauna contained in the latter, also provide a record of Pleistocene processes and environments.
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