J2105 : Basal mud layer at the base of the cliff on Templetown Beach

taken 3 years ago, near to Whites Town and Ardtully, Louth, Ireland

Basal mud layer at the base of the cliff on Templetown Beach
Basal mud layer at the base of the cliff on Templetown Beach
This massive basal mud layer, some 1.5m thick, was deposited from sediment plumes after the initial retreat of the Quaternary ice some 15,000 years BP. These marine deposited muds are fossiliferous and contain the remains of minute Arctic fauna including Elphidium clavatum and Roundstoniaglobulifera. The clay facies is topped by a tightly packed boulder pavement only one clast thick formed of local Carboniferous rocks which has been pressed into the mud below. It is the product of intertidal activity at a period of ice readvance. The boulders would have been transferred to the area on ice flows which melted depositing their load on the sea bed.
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 October, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 15 November, 2017
Geographical Context
Coastal  Geological interest  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 217 051 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:58.8981N 6:8.6571W
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Irish: geotagged! J 217 051
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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