The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Kinghorn Volcanic Formation

Computer Code: KNV Preferred Map Code: KNV
Status Code: Full
Age range: Asbian Substage (CR) — Brigantian Substage (CX)
Lithological Description: Basaltic lava flows, mostly subaerial but some subaqueous with associated hyaloclastite and pillows, interbedded with tuffs, sandstones, mudstones and limestones.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Conformable; at base of lowest basaltic lava flow. Locally the base is complex as a result of interdigitation with the uppermost part of the Sandy Craig Formation.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Conformable; at top of highest basaltic lava on tuff in transition to sediments of Pathhead or Lower Limestone Formation.
Thickness: 400-500m
Geographical Limits: Around Kinghom on 1:10k sheet NT28NE, north of Burntisland on sheet NT28NW; extending northwards onto the southernmost parts of NT29SW and SE and westwards onto the easternmost part of NT18NE.
Parent Unit: Bathgate Group (BATH)
Previous Name(s): Burntisland Lavas (-3503)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Type Section  Coastal section between Pettycur Harbour (Kinghorn) and Seafield Tower (between Kinghon and Kirkcaldy). 
Gelkie, A, 1900. The geology of central and western Fife and Kinross. Memoir of the Geological Survey of Scotland, p.53-76. 
MacGregor, A R, 1968. Fife and Angus Geology, an excursion guide. Scottish Academic Press, Edinburgh, p.248-253. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S040 S032 S040