Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Thanet Amber coast


Even though Thanet has no Amber deposits off shore, Amber has been found along the Thanet coastline after wintry gales for centuries. Normally found along the strandline this fossilized tree resin originates from the Baltic, as comparisons which Baltic specimens prove without doubt. There have been many written articles on Thanet Amber and there have been some amazing discoveries, so what I am writing is nothing new.
However, as we enter into winter there is now another opportunity to find some interesting specimens. That is depending on which side of the island you are when the wind blows and the amount of seaweed that comes ashore as amber is generally found amongst the seaweed with the smaller the pieces of weed the better. Places like Walpole bay Cliftonville are excellent in strong northwesterly winds especially when there are small patches of seaweed ashore between the groynes, West bay is just as good in any northerly wind in the middle of the bay, in Ramsgate you can get two bites of the cherry as north east winds (main sands) and south west winds also produce amber with the Western Undercliff being a hot spot in south westerly gales. In each case it is really down the how strong the wind is blowing in your face from off the sea and how the sea weed is deposited on the beach.
Colours of the Amber vary from a clear brown to a translucent yellow/orange; it is not unusual to find white Amber.
Pictured are four pieces from my collection, the two pound coin is included to give some idea of scale. The top left came from Margate Harbour as the Harbour Arm is a excellent trap in westerly winds, the bottom left piece was found in Kingsgate Bay(easterly winds) and being clear there is forest debris visible. The top right was found in West Bay and the bottom right came from Walpole Bay from the areas mentioned earlier.

6 comments:

ascu75 aka Don said...

nice article Tony.I managed to get on the beach yesterday in one of the councils marvelous disability sand wheelchairs great fun and it enabled me to go to our daughters blessing by the kiosk at botany bay

Tony Beachcomber said...

Don,
I haven't seen the sand wheelchairs how do they work ?

Anonymous said...

Tony, do you know what the 8 sided stone pillar, situated on Ramsgate Sands at the low water mark, is for? It`s situated opposite the end of the promenade, below King George VI park?

Tony Beachcomber said...

Thats interesting annon, to be honest I don't know. I realy need to take a look and get some photographs.
Strange why it should be eight sided, is there a hole in the middle ?

Anonymous said...

Nope. It`s been there for `donkeys` but a friend asked & I thought of you. It`s not a marker for a telephone cable? Or something to do with the Montefiores?

Suzannah Foad said...

I am most pleased, I found my first bit of amber yesterday!!!