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
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. 
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. 
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. 
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