The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Nordelph Peat

Computer Code: NP Preferred Map Code: notEntered
Status Code: Full
Age range: Holocene Epoch (QH) — Holocene Epoch (QH)
Lithological Description: The Nordelph Peat contains trunks and roots of oaks and small trees, some in situ, and woody debris from alder, birch, sallow, buckthorn and pine are common. In the more seaward areas the peat is largely composed of stems and rhizomes of sedges and reeds. In southern Fenland the peat contains thin but extensive, lenticular deposits of shell marl which formed in shallow meres within the peat fens.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Rests on a variety of earlier typically non-peat Holocene and older glacigenic deposits. Change of lithology across junction very discernable.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Overlain by the Terrington Beds in many places, elsewhere at surface.
Thickness: Generally less than 1m, but locally up to over 3m where preserved in channels.
Geographical Limits: Restricted to the area of Fenland.
Parent Unit: Fenland Formation (FEND)
Previous Name(s): Upper Peat (-427)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Type Area  Area around village of Nordelph, Norfolk Gallois, 1979 
Reference(s):
Skertchly, S B J. 1877. The geology of Fenland. Memoir of the Gological Survey of Great Britain. 
Godwin, H.1940. Studies of the post-glacial history of British vegetation. Parts III and IV. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London, B230, 239-303. 
Gallois, R W. 1979. Geological investigations for the Wash Water Storage Scheme. Report of the Institute of Geological Sciences, 78/19, 1-74pp. 
Gallois, R W. 1988. Geology of the country around Ely. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 173 (England and Wales). 
Whitaker, W and Jukes-Browne, A J. 1899. The geology of the borders around The Wash: including Boston and Hunstanton. Memoir of the Geological Survey of England and Wales. 
Gallois, R W, 1994. The geology of the country around King's Lynn and The Wash. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 145 and part of 129 (England and Wales). 
Horton, A. 1989. Geology of the Peterborough district. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 158 (England & Wales). 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
E128 E129 E144 E160 E146 E145 E158 E159 E173