The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Warren House Gill Loess Bed

Computer Code: WAHL Preferred Map Code: notEntered
Status Code: Index Level
Age range: Wolstonian Stage (QO) — Wolstonian Stage (QO)
Lithological Description: Pale brown, massive, very fine-grained sand and silt, typically with vertical cracks, containing rounded concretions and sparse pebbles. Grading upwards into horizontally stratified, very fine-grained sand and silt, with thin beds of coarser sand and stringers of fine pebbles.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Sharp, conformable, draped contact with underlying dark grey, shelly, silty sandy gravelly diamicton of the Warren House Gill Till Formation.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Planar, subhorizontal to gently undulating, gradational glacitectonic contact with overlying dark grey, stiff, sandy, silty stony clay diamicton of the Blackhall Till Formation.
Thickness: To 4m
Geographical Limits: Coast of County Durham.
Parent Unit: Warren House Gill Till Formation (WAHG)
Previous Name(s): Loess (LOES)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Type Section  Crops out at the foot of cliffs adjacent to the coastal dene of Warren House Gill, north of Horden, County Durham. Huddart, 2003. 
Reference(s):
Thomas, G S P. 1999. Northern England. 91-98 in Bowen, D Q (Editor), A revised correlation of Quaternary and Neogene deposits in the British Isles. Geological Society Special Report No.23. 
Bridgland, D R, Horton, B P and Innes, J B. 1999. The Quaternary of northeast England. Field Guide. Quaternary Research Assocation, London. 
Smith, D B and Francis, E A. 1967. Geology of the country between Durham and West Hartlepool. Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Sheet 27 (England and Wales). 
Francis, E A. 1970. Quaternary. 134-152 in Johnson, G A L, Geology of Durham County. [Newcastle: Natural History Society of Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.] 152pp. 
Huddart, D. 2002. Warren House Gill. 51-56 in Huddart, D and Glasser, N F (editors), Quaternary of Northern England. Geological Conservation Review Series, No.25. [Peterborough: Joint Nature Conservation Committee.] 745pp. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
none recorded or not applicable