The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Smallburn Sandstone Formation

Computer Code: SMSA Preferred Map Code: SMSA
Status Code: Full
Age range: Devonian Period (D) — Devonian Period (D)
Lithological Description: Sandstone, arkosic, micaceous, medium- to coarse-grained, scattered pebbles, dark red-brown.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Not exposed. Almost certainly unconformable on granite, and crystalline basement.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Not exposed. Locally overlain by Moreseat Sandstone Formation (Cretaceous), or Buchan Ridge Gravel Member.
Thickness: c.10m
Geographical Limits: Buchan Ridge, of Flett and Read, 1921; 1:10 000 sheets NK04SW, 1:50 000 sheets 87W (Ellon) and 87E (Peterhead) (on join).
Parent Unit: Not Entered (?)
Previous Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Type Area  British Geological Survey registered pits NK04SW 18 and 19 Moss of Cruden, Aberdeenshire. 
Merritt, J W, Auton, C A, Connell, E R, Hall, A M and Peacock, J D. 2003. The Cainozoic geology and landscape evolution of north-east Scotland. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheets 66E, 67, 76E, 77, 86E, 87W, 87E, 95, 96W, 96E and 97 (Scotland) 
Hall, A M and Jarvis, J, 1994. A concealed Lower Cretaceous outlier at Moss of Cruden, Grampian Region, Scotland. Scottish Journal of Geology, Vol.30, 163-166. 
Flett, J S and Read, H H, 1921. Tertiary gravels of the Buchan district of Aberdeenshire. Geological Magazine, Vol.58, p.215-225. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S087 S087