Iron Deposits into Cutlers Brook

A large bore flexible plastic drainage pipe that collects spring-fed water off the Wealden Lower Greensand ridge runs into Cutlers Brook, near Albourne, West Sussex discharges iron rich water causing the formation of extensive globular ginger-brown masses.


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The pipe discharges close to the junction of two footpaths at the end of the pedestrian tunnel beneath the A23 on the Albourne side.

The greensand contains the mineral glauconite, an iron potassium silicate, cvbcb

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/media/1761/lds_wealdengreensand.pdf sussex

hurst:  http://www.midsussex.gov.uk/media/2326/lca07pt3ca03hurstpierpointscarpfootslopes.pdf

The water surface also exhibited colourful interference patterns. A microscopic analysis indicated the presence of mat-forming ?fungi/bacteria composed of fine strands, 5-7 µm wide. Of note was the virtual absence of ciliated protozoa.

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