The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Moorcock Sandstone

Computer Code: MOCS Preferred Map Code: MocS
Status Code: Full
Age range: Arnsbergian Substage (CG) — Arnsbergian Substage (CG)
Lithological Description: Interbedded flaggy fine-grained sandstones and siltstones.
Definition of Lower Boundary: At top of Claughton Moor Siltstone. Boundary drawn where sandstone more than 10% of beds. Boundary gradational through c.1m.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Top not exposed on Caton Moor.
Thickness: c.18m
Geographical Limits: Caton Moor, Lancaster.
Parent Unit: Claughton Member (CLAU)
Previous Name(s): Moorcock Flags (*252)
Moorcock Sandstones Member (-2943)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Reference Section  (of basal 10m) Claughton Brickpit. 
Type Area  Series of degraded flagstone quarries on Caton Moor, Lancaster. 
Reference(s):
Slinger, F C, 1936. Millstone Grit and glacial geology of Caton Moor near Lancaster. Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Blackpool 1936, 345. 
Brandon, A, Aitkenhead, N, Crofts, R G, Ellison, R A, Evans, D J and Riley, JN J, 1998. Geology of the country around Lancaster. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 59 (England and Wales). 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
E059