The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Whitehills Glacigenic Formation

Computer Code: WHGL Preferred Map Code: WGL
Status Code: Full
Age range: Devensian Stage (QD) — Devensian Stage (QD)
Lithological Description: Dark blue-grey clayey till with erratics and rafts of Mesozoic strata, pre-Late Devensian glaciomarine shelly mud, shell fragments and rafts of sand and clay.
Definition of Lower Boundary: On bedrock or overlying the Pishlinn Burn Gravel Bed.
Definition of Upper Boundary: At the surface or overlain by the Crovie Till Formation (East Grampian Glacigenic Subgroup) or the Kirk Burn Silt Formation.
Thickness: 20m
Geographical Limits: Elgin to Ellon.
Parent Unit: Banffshire Coast and Caithness Glacigenic Subgroup (BCD)
Previous Name(s): Boulder Clay With Jurassic Fossils (-3127)
Shelly Boulder Clay (-258)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Reference Section  Cliff sections at Castle Hill, Gardenstown. 
Type Section  Boyne Limestone Quarry. 
Reference(s):
Peacock, J D and Merritt, J W. 2000. Glacial deposits at the Boyne Bay Limestone Quarry, Portsoy and their place in the late Pleistocene history of northeast Scotland. Journal of Quaternary Science. Vol.15, 543-555. 
Peacock, J D, 1966. Note on the drift sequence near Portsoy, Banffshire. Scottish Journal of Geology, Vol.2, 35-37. 
Peacock, J D, 1971. A re-interpretation of the Coastal Deposits of Banffshire and their place in the Late-Glacial history of north-east Scotland. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, No.37, 81-89. 
Peacock, J D and Merritt, J W. 1997. Glaciotectonic rafting at Castle Hill, Gardenstown and its significance for the glacial history of northern Banffshire, Scotland. Journal of Quaternary Science. Vol.12 283-294. 
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) 
Read, H H, 1923. Geology of the country around Banff, Huntly and Turriff, Lower Banffshire and north-west Aberdeenshire. Memoir of the Geological Survey, Scotland Sheets 86 and 96 (Scotland). 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S096 S096