The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Fife Ness Formation

Computer Code: FNB Preferred Map Code: FNB
Status Code: Full
Age range: Visean Stage (CV) — Visean Stage (CV)
Lithological Description: Predominantly of sandstones arranged in upward-fining cycles; argillaceous rocks are commonly poorly bedded: mainly fluvial in origin.
Definition of Lower Boundary: The conformable base of the Formation lies in a lithological transition and is taken above the highest bed of carbonate conglomerate belonging to the underlying Clyde Sandstone Formation (formerly Balcomie Beds).
Definition of Upper Boundary: Not known at outcrop: would be taken at the lithological change to the relatively mudstone/sitlstone-rich cyclical deposits of the overlying Anstruther Formation from the sandstone dominated sequences of the Fife Ness Formation.
Thickness: Maximum thickness exceeds 230m in east Fife.
Geographical Limits: East Fife.
Parent Unit: Strathclyde Group (SYG)
Previous Name(s): Fife Ness Beds (-256)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Partial Type Section  Fluke Dub on the Fife coast. 
Partial Type Section  Fife Ness. 
Reference(s):
Forsyth, I H and Chisholm, J I, 1977. The geology of east Fife. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain. 
Browne, M A E, 1986. The Classification of the Lower Carboniferous in Fife and Lothian. Scottish Journal of Geology, Vol.22, p.422-425. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S040 S032 S032 S049 S041