The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Kippet Hills Gravels Formation

Computer Code: KHG Preferred Map Code: KH
Status Code: Full
Age range: Devensian Stage (QD) — Devensian Stage (QD)
Lithological Description: Gravels and sands. Besides local rock types (eg psammite) clasts include distinctive Mesozoic/Tertiary limestones and mudstone/shell fragments of Red Crag affinity from the Aberdeen Ground Formation.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Generally unconformable on bedrock or older tills (eg Pitlurg Farm Till Formation). Locally interbedded with Hatton Till Formation.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Occurs to surface or capped unconformably by the Hatton Till Formation or postglacial deposits.
Thickness: 15m or more locally
Geographical Limits: Coastal lowland north of Aberdeen, east of Ellon and south of Peterhead.
Parent Unit: Logie-Buchan Glacigenic Subgroup (LBD)
Previous Name(s): Glacial Sand And Gravel (GSG)
Kippet Hills Gravels (-2263)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Partial Type Section  Bellscamphie railway cutting (abandoned). Trial pits described in Hall and Jarvis (1995). 7km east northeast of Ellon. 
Partial Type Section  Whitefields Pit (section 03SW12 of Merritt, 1981.) 7.5km eastnortheast of Ellon. 
Reference(s):
Merritt, J W, Auton, C A, Connell, E R, Hall, A M and Peacock, J D. 2003. The Cainozoic geology and landscape evolution of north-east Scotland. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheets 66E, 67, 76E, 77, 86E, 87W, 87E, 95, 96W, 96E and 97 (Scotland) 
Hall, A M and Jarvis, J. 1995. A multiple till sequence near Ellon, Grampian Region: T F Jamieson's "indigo boulder clay" re-examined. Scottish Journal of Geology, Vol.31, 53-59. 
Merritt, J W. 1981. The sand and gravel resources of the country around Ellon, Grampian Region. Description of 1:25 000 resource sheet NJ93 with parts of NJ82, NJ83 and NJ92, NK03 and parts of NK02 and NK13. Mineral assessment Report of the Institute of Geological Sciences, No. 76. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S087 S087 S077