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FOSSILISED WOOD WITH GROWTH RINGS - 50 million years old - Isle of Sheppey, Kent

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FOSSILISED WOOD
WITH GROWTH RINGS


Cut and polished slice
through a tree trunk


50 million years old

London Clay. Isle of Sheppey, Kent

A rare example of fossilised wood from the London Clay without the  usual shipworm borings and with impressive tree rings.

During the Eocene period, South-East England was submerged beneath a warm sea and the coastline was subtropical rainforest dominated by palms and mangroves.  Logs of rainforest timber floated out to sea from the coast eventually to become saturated and sink, and be preserved in the mud on the sea floor. 

This mud became the London Clay which underlies London, Essex and parts of north Kent and is spectacularly exposed in the cliffs of the Isle of Sheppey on the Thames Estuary.

 
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Size: 15 centimetres diameter and 2 centimetres thick.
Weight: 930 grams
 
Optional metal stand (£1)

PRICE: £48.00
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