The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Ramasaig Formation

Computer Code: RAMA Preferred Map Code: notEntered
Status Code: Full
Age range: Paleocene Epoch (GP) — Paleocene Epoch (GP)
Lithological Description: Alkali basalt flows comprise the majority of this unit. Some flows are olivine- and/or plagioclase-phyric.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Overlies the Beinn Edra Formation in northeastern Skye; might overlie the Portree Hyaloclastite Formation farther west.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Overlain by the Beinn Totaig Formation.
Thickness: To 760m
Geographical Limits: Northern Skye.
Parent Unit: Skye Lava Group (SKYL)
Previous Name(s): Ramasaig Group (-1783)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Reference Section  Waterstein Head, Waternish Point, north of Ramasaig, northwestern Skye. Bell and Williamson, 2002. 
Reference Section  Macloed's Tables, east of Ramasaig, northwestern Skye. Bell and Williamson, 2002. 
Bell, B R and Williamson, I T. 2002. Tertiary igneous activity. 371-407 in Trewin N H (Editor), The Geology of Scotland, 4th Edition. [London: The Geological Society.] 
Emeleus, C H and Bell, B R. 2005. British Regional Geology: the Palaeogene volcanic districts of Scotland (Fourth Edition). (Nottingham: British Geological Survey.) x + 214pp. 
Anderson, F W and Dunham, K C. 1966. The geology of northern Skye. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Scotland. Sheet 80 and parts of sheets 81, 90 and 91. Edinburgh, HMSO. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S080 S080 S081 S090 S091 S081