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The stratigraphy and origin of the Tofts ridge in north-western Fenland, eastern England

The stratigraphy and origin of the Tofts ridge in north-western Fenland, eastern England
The stratigraphy and origin of the Tofts ridge in north-western Fenland, eastern England
The Tofts located in north-western Fenland is a low ridge composed of sandy silt, elevated several metres above the surrounding land. Stratigraphically, the feature is the landward edge of an intertidal-subtidal sand body that stretches east into The Wash. It was the location of a Medieval salt-making industry. The ridge seems to have been initiated after 2100 cal years BP by storm waves and/or wind transporting sediment landward from adjacent intertidal flats. Differential consolidation of peat on its landward side and dumping of sediment onto the surface during salt-making enhanced its morphological expression.
0016-7878
135-143
Brew, David S.
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Evans, Graham
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Brew, David S.
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Evans, Graham
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Brew, David S. and Evans, Graham (2018) The stratigraphy and origin of the Tofts ridge in north-western Fenland, eastern England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 129 (2), 135-143. (doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.12.002).

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The Tofts located in north-western Fenland is a low ridge composed of sandy silt, elevated several metres above the surrounding land. Stratigraphically, the feature is the landward edge of an intertidal-subtidal sand body that stretches east into The Wash. It was the location of a Medieval salt-making industry. The ridge seems to have been initiated after 2100 cal years BP by storm waves and/or wind transporting sediment landward from adjacent intertidal flats. Differential consolidation of peat on its landward side and dumping of sediment onto the surface during salt-making enhanced its morphological expression.

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Accepted/In Press date: 6 December 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 May 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 423491
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/423491
ISSN: 0016-7878
PURE UUID: fc320208-aa92-40f2-a71d-5aa7f578a73e

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Date deposited: 24 Sep 2018 16:30
Last modified: 24 Sep 2018 16:30

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Author: David S. Brew
Author: Graham Evans

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