Geology and soils
West Sussex has a distinctive landscape, the structure of which
is influenced by the underlying geology. Weather, erosion and
deposition all work together to determine the shape or form of the
landscape, its drainage and soils.
Features often quoted as characterising West Sussex include the
Downs, the heath-lands, the Coastal Plain, the low and high weald.
These are distinctive largely because of the geology and landform,
complemented by the vegetation cover, and much modified, of course,
by human activity.
The simplified bedrock geology map of West Sussex, shown below,
illustrates the striking West to East geology types. This is also
reflected in the land form and to a great extent by the soil
For further information on the geology of West Sussex, please
contact the Booth
Museum of Natural History. Contact details are available on the
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