Holostratigraphy - Albian Stage (Lower Cretaceous) of the UK and its continental shelf

The Albian succession of the United Kingdom crops out in a narrow belt from eastern Devon and Dorset to The Wash and northward through Lincolnshire into Yorkshire, with a further area bordering The Weald. The stage has a widespread geographical distribution offshore in the Southern North Sea and the English Channel and has been penetrated by numerous boreholes. The Albian has been successfully subdivided employing a number of methods (lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chemostratigraphy, seismostratigraphy,sequence stratigraphy, etc) which, when combined into a holostratigraphical scheme, provides the basis of a high resolution stratigraphical tool.

The holostratigraphy of the Albian is presented as a BGS Research Report (RR/06/01) released for download here in .pdf format. It should be read using appropriate software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. This software is freely available and can be downloaded from Adobe's web site. Click here if you wish to download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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