The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Moy Burn Palaeosol Formation

Computer Code: MBP Preferred Map Code: notEntered
Status Code: Full
Age range: Devensian Stage (QD) — Devensian Stage (QD)
Lithological Description: Peat highly compressed, black, <0.6m thick, with lenses of pebbly peaty sand and bleached white sand. Containing beetle remains and pollen indicative of (early Devensian) interstadial conditions. Sharp, draped, conformable contact with <2m underlying cobble gravel with lenses of finer gravel and sand, mainly clast-supported, containing subangular to rounded clasts of pink granite with ammites, gneiss and schist. All but psammite clasts commonly weathered. Iron pan commonly developed.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Sharp, erosional, undulating contact with underlying yellowish brown sandy clayey diamicton of the Suidheig Till Formation.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Unconformable, glacitectonic contact with stiff, yellowish brown, stony sand/clay diamicton of the overlying Athais Till Formation
Thickness: 2.6m
Geographical Limits: NE Scotland
Parent Unit: Grampian Catchments Subgroup (GRCA)
Previous Name(s): Separate Allt Odhar Peat And Odhar Gravel Formations (-390)
Alternative Name(s): Allt And Odhar Members Of The Allt Odhar Formation Of Bowen 1999
Stratotypes:
Type Section  Exposed midway up a river cliff of the Allt Odhar, immediately upstream of its confluence with the Caochan nan Suidheig, Moy Estate, 16km southeast of Inverness.Till occurs both lower and higher in this section. Walker M J C and others.1992 
Reference(s):
Sutherland D G and Gordon, J E. (editors). 1993. The Quaternary of Scotland. Geological Conservation Review Series: 6. London: Chapman and Hall. 
Fletcher, T P et al. 1996. Geology of the Fortrose and eastern Inverness district. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 84W (Scotland). 
Walker MJ and 6 others.1992. Allt Odhar and Dalcharn: two pre-Late Devensian (Late Weichselian) sites in northern Scotland.Journal of the Quaternary Science,Vol 7,69-86. 
Bowen, D Q. 1999. A revised correlation of Quaternary deposits in the British Isles. Geological Society Special Report, No. 23. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
none recorded or not applicable