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Cretaceous Deposits, Mzamba Beach, Mbizana

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Post date: 07/08/2012
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History: On the coast just south of Port Edward, between the outlets of the Umtamvuna and Mzamba Rivers there is a very important occurrence of fossils of the Upper Creta ceous period.
The deposits at Mzamba Beach were discovered by Captain Garden of the 54th Regiment and described by W. H. Bailey in 1855. They consist of fossilised tree- trunks and of the shells of invertebrates, including very fine specimens of amonites. The occurrence is of great importance in the history of palaeontology because it yielded the first Upper Cretaceous fossils to be described.
The place where these deposits occur is not only remark able for its scientific importance, but is well known for its fine scenery.
Visual Description: The winding road from Port St. Johns to Port Edward, just north of the mouth of the Umtamvnna River, passes through Lusikisiki, Flagstaff and Magusheni.
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