Abstract

Recent excavations on Dungeness [southeast England] have provided excellent sections through the deposits of its late Holocene beach-plains. The material at the surface is loose shingle, but at a depth of a few feet this passes down into gravel packed with sand. The gravel in turn rests upon almost stoneless sand with marine shells, the contact between the two deposits falling from -13 feet O.D. in the most northerly section to -24 feet in the most southerly. It is confirmed that the more pebbly deposits were laid down on an actively prograding foreshore, as has generally been supposed. Problems are raised, however, by the low levels of their base and by some of their structural and lithological features. These are discussed, and explanations are offered where possible.

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