The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Reculver Sand Member

Computer Code: RCLV Preferred Map Code: notEntered
Status Code: Full
Age range: Thanetian Age (GT) — Thanetian Age (GT)
Lithological Description: The Reculver Sand Member typically comprises cross-bedded fine-grained sands, or bioturbated silty sands and sandy silts, some glauconitic, with scattered shells or shelly lenses. A thin calcareous sandstone is present at Herne Bay.
Definition of Lower Boundary: The Reculver Sand Member overlies the silty sands and silty clays of the Pegwell Silt Member at a sharp contact, with a basal shell bed in places (King, in prep.).
Definition of Upper Boundary: The Reculver Sand Member is overlain by glauconitic sands of the Upnor Formation (UPR). These can be superficially similar to the Reculver Sands, but are generally more heterogeneous, often with clay streaks and Ophiomorpha burrows, partly cross-bedded and with gravel at the base (King, in prep.).
Thickness: none recorded or not applicable
Geographical Limits: Kent.
Parent Unit: Thanet Formation (TAB)
Previous Name(s): Reculver Silts (-5092)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Type Section  Cliffs and foreshore east of Herne Bay, Kent [TR 203 687 to 215 693]. Curry, 1981; Daley, 1999; Ward, 1978. 
Aldiss, D.T., 2012. The stratigraphical framework for the Palaeogene successions of the London Basin, UK. British Geological Survey Open Report OR/12/004. Available from 
Ali, J R, and Jolley, D W. 1996. Chronostratigraphic framework for the Thanetian and lower Ypresian deposits of southern England. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, Vol. 101, 129-144. 
Ellison, R A, and Lake, R D. 1986. Geology of the country around Braintree. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 223 (England and Wales). 
Haynes, J. 1956. Certain smaller British Paleocene foraminifera. Contributions from the Cushman Foundation for foraminiferal research, Vol. 7, 79-101. 
King, C. in prep. A revised correlation of Palaeogene and Neogene deposits in the British Isles. Geological Society of London Special Report. 
Daley, B. 1999. London Basin: eastern localities, In: Daley, B., Balson, P. (Eds.), British Tertiary Stratigraphy. Geological Conservation Review Series 15, pp. 23-72. 
Curry, D. 1981. Thanetian. 255-265 in Stratotypes of Palaeogene stages. POMEROL, C (editor). Mémoire Hors Série du Bulletin d'Information des Géologues du Bassin du Paris, No. 2. 
Ward, D J, 1978. The Lower London Tertiary (Palaeocene) succession of Herne Bay, Kent. Institute of Geological Sciences, Report 78/10. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
none recorded or not applicable