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| Mount Bures Puddingstone |
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|Description ||Puddingstone by the church. TL907325.
(see Sacred Stones of Essex)|
|The bizarre texture of puddingstone can clearly been seen in this photograph. The polished flint pebbles are set in a natural quartzite cement. Puddingstones are Tertiary rocks formed when pebbles at the bottom of pre-Ice Age rivers were covered in sediment. The sediment turned to quartzite and then the fossilised river beds were torn up by glaciers. Fragments became embedded in the ice and were left behind when the glaciers finally melted. Puddingstone and sarsen erratics are uncommon and are the only large stones to be found in the Essex and Hertforshire.|
|This looks so modern - like a mix of cement and pebbles, or some cook has just turned out a bowl of fruit cake mixture. (I see how it gets its name). You could make quite a few counterfeit ones! |
|65 million years old and no forgery could match the hardness of the quartzite "cement"|
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