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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' 29'' 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 to salt water.

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 salt water.

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.

Mineral List

57 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

Entries shown in red are rocks recorded for this region.

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Carter, G.E.L. (1931) An occurrence of vanadiferous nodules in the Permian beds of south Devon. Mineralogical Magazine, vol. 22, n° 134, p. 609-613.

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

Kemp, A.J., Palmer, M.R., and Ragnarsdottir, K.V. (1994) The uranium-thorium and rare earth element geochemistry of reduction nodules from Budleigh Salterton, Devon. Proceedings of the Ussher Society(University of Bristol), 8, 214-218.

Article in the Russell Society newsletter (2000).

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. Technical Report, TR-02-09 for SKB, Svensk Karnbranslehantering AB, Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co., Stockholm, Sweden.

Green, D.I., Hubbard, N., and Ince, F. (2008) A review of the occurrences of the copper vanadate minerals volborthite and tangeite in the British Isles. Journal of the Russell Society, vol. 11, 54-58.

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