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
Stratotypes:
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. 
Reference(s):
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. 
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. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S080 S080 S081 S090 S091 S081