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Littleham Bay, Budleigh Salterton, East Devon, Devon, England, UK

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 50° 36' 46'' North , 3° 21' 30'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 50.6127777778, -3.35833333333
UK National Grid Reference:SY039802
 
A red-bed deposit of Cu, V, Co, Ni, U, that has weathered in proximity with saltwater.


A cliff-line exposure cutting through Permian age red marl deposits overlain to the east by the Budleigh Salterton Pebble Beds and bounded to the west by a normal strike fault.

The red-bed deposits contain abundant Cu, V, Co, Ni, U etc. and are noted for hard, concretionary nodules representing centres of enrichment for these metals. A number of the observed mineral species arise as a result of weathering in the presence of saltwater.

This exposure falls partially within a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) covering the Eastern part of the cliff-line, and collecting is thus restricted.
A by-law prohibits the collecting and removal of beach material.
There is unrestricted public access from the main beach.

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References

Carter, G. E. L., 'An occurrence of vanadiferous nodules in the Permian beds of south Devon,(1931), Mineralogical Magazine, Vol. 22, p.609-613.

Perutz, M., 'Radioactive Nodules from Devonshire, England', Zeitschrift für Kristallographie, Mineralogie und Petrographie (1939) 51: 141.

- Article in the Russell Society newsletter (2000).

- “The uranium-thorium and rare earth element geochemistry of reduction nodules from Budleigh Salterton, Devon” (University of Bristol).
Proceedings of the Ussher Society, 8 (1994), 214-218.

- Milodowski, A.E., Styles, M.T., Horstwood, M.S.A. and Kemp, S.J. 2002. Alteration of uraniferous and native copper concretions in the Permian mudrocks of [Littleham Cove, near Budleigh Salterton] south Devon, United Kingdom: A natural analogue study of the corrosion of copper canisters and radiolysis effects in a repository for spent nuclear fuel. By A. E. Milodowski, M. T. Styles, M. S. A. Horstwood and S. J. Kemp of the British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham, March 2002. Technical Report, TR-02-09 for SKB, Svensk Karnbranslehantering AB, Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm, Sweden.

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