The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Drigg Point Sand Formation

Computer Code: DGPS Preferred Map Code: notEntered
Status Code: Full
Age range: Holocene Epoch (QH) — Holocene Epoch (QH)
Lithological Description: Fine- to medium-grained quartz sand forming coastal dunes, typically up to 15m high in the type area.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Unconformable (blanket) on all older Quarternary deposits.
Definition of Upper Boundary: The ground surface.
Thickness: Typically 5-10m thick but up to 15m thick in type area.
Geographical Limits: 1:50k Sheets 37 Gosforth and 38 Whitehaven, Western Cumbria, (and could be applied to coastal Blown Sand along the Cumbria-Lancashire coasts).
Parent Unit: British Coastal Deposits Group (COAS)
Previous Name(s): Blown Sand (BSA)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Type Area  Drigg Point Nature Reserve, which covers 3.5sqkm of ground between Drigg and mouth of the River Esk (Ravenglass Estuary) west of the village of Ravenglass, west Cumbria. Nirex Science Report SA/97/045 (Issue 2.0) 1997. 
Reference Section  0.0 - 1.1m depth - Nirex Borehole QBH 11. (BGS Registered borehole SD09NE 20) Nirex Science Report SA/97/045 (Issue 2.0) 1997. 
Reference(s):
Merritt, J W and Auton, C A. 1997. Quaternary lithostratigraphy of the Sellafield district. Nirex Science Report SA/97/045 (Issue 2.0). [Report prepared for UK Nirex Ltd. 69pp, 5 tables, 20 figures, 14 enclosures and one appendix.] 
Trotter, F M, Hollingworth, S E, Eastwood T and Rose, W C C. 1937. Gosforth District. Geological Survey Memoir, England and Wales, Sheet 37. 
Auton, C A and Merritt, J W. 2004. Geological summary report: A review of onshore evidence of Lateglacial and Holocene sea level change in the St Bees-Sellafield area. British Geological Survey Report EE03_0870 for Halcrow H and S Limited. 49pp. 
Auton, C A. 1995. An investigation of the Quaternary sequence at Hall Carleton, near Drigg, west Cumbria. British Geological Survey Technical Report WA/95/65C. 18pp. 
Merrit, J W and Auton, C A. 2000. An outline of the lithostratigraphy and depositional history of Quaternary deposits in the Sellafield district, west Cumbria. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Vol.53, 129-154 
Auton, C A, Alexander, S A, Eaton, G P, McMillan, A A, Skinner, A C and Wealthall, G P. 1997. Logging and interpretation of Quaternary boreholes (QBH) drilled in the Sellafield area during 1966. Nirex Science Report SA/97/043 (Issue 2.0). 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
none recorded or not applicable