|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||51° 6' 28'' North , 1° 16' 56'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||51.10798,1.28225|
|UK National Grid Reference:||TR300393|
|Other regions containing this locality:||South-East England Sedimentary Area, UK|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
Chalk boulders at the base of Shakespeare Cliff on beach to the east of the car park and Channel Tunnel works at Samphire Hoe.
This locality is frequently referred to as "Samphire Hoe", more for convenience than through accuracy. Samphire Hoe is 'reclaimed' land produced by dumping the waste rock from the digging of the Channel Tunnel, and this is mostly landscaped and enclosed within thick concrete and rock sea defences now.
However, the access tunnel and car park (£2 per day parking as of 2017) at Samphire Hoe do provide very convenient access for the beach areas to the east and west where mineral specimens and the occasional cretaceous fossil may be collected.
Generally the beach area under the cliffs immediately to the (north) east of the Samphire Hoe area is the best area for collecting. This beach cannot be accessed at high tide, and you must be careful not to go too far along the beach here in case you are caught by the tide turning.
The marker on the map shows the starting point on the beach where good material can be found. You do not need to go very far from this point to find things.
Due to the constant erosion there is a virtually unlimited supply of material.
4 valid minerals.
Rock Types Recorded
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Entries shown in red are rocks recorded for this region.
GeochronologyMineralization age: Late Cretaceous : 100.5 Ma to 66.0 Ma
Important note: This table is based only on rock and mineral ages recorded below and is not necessarily a complete representation of the geochronology, but does give an indication of possible mineralization events relevant to this locality. As more age information is added this table may expand in the future. A break in the table simply indicates a lack of data entered here, not necessarily a break in the geologic sequence. Grey background entries are from different, related, localities.
|Geologic Time||Rocks, Minerals and Events|
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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|Maastrichtian - Cenomanian|
66 - 100.5 Ma
|White Chalk Subgroup|
66 - 100.5 Ma
|Late Cretaceous limestone|
66 - 100.5 Ma
|Mesozoic sedimentary rocks|
Age: Late Cretaceous (66 - 100.5 Ma)
Lithology: Sedimentary rocks
Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529.