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A reappraisal of the stratigraphy and depositional development of the Upper Greensand (Late Albian) of the Devizes District, southern England

Woods, Mark; Wilkinson, Ian; Lott, Graham; Booth, Kathryn; Farrant, Andrew; Hopson, Peter; Newell, Andrew. 2008 A reappraisal of the stratigraphy and depositional development of the Upper Greensand (Late Albian) of the Devizes District, southern England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 119 (3-4). 229-244.

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Abstract/Summary

A reappraisal of the stratigraphy and depositional development of the Upper Greensand (Late Albian) of the Devizes District, southern England. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, XXX. 000 - 000. Three members are recognised within the Upper Greensand Formation of the Devizes district on the basis of outcrop, newly acquired cored borehole and petrographical data. These are, in ascending stratigraphical order, Cann Sand Member, Potterne Sandstone Member and Easterton Sandstone Member. Compared to the imprecise historical subdivisions, the members provide a much clearer indication of lithological variation through the Upper Greensand, and this in turn provides clues to its depositional development. The biostratigraphy of each member has been determined using macrofossils and microfossils. The new biostratigraphical data clarifies the relationship of the Potterne Rock to the traditionally named 'Ragstone' which caps the Shaftesbury Sandstone in the Shaftesbury district, and suggests that the correlation of the Potterne Rock and 'Ragstone' is less straightforward than previously suggested. There are some distinct contrasts with the stratigraphy of the Upper Greensand southwest of Devizes (Shaftesbury & Wincanton districts). Whilst tectonic influences have been demonstrated to affect coeval strata in parts of the eastern Weald, these may not be the dominant control on the Devizes succession, which seems to be more strongly influenced by its palaeogeographical setting with respect to sediment source areas, and the effect this had on the volume and timing of sediment infill. Palaeogeography may also be indirectly responsible for the absence of cherts in the Upper Greensand of the Devizes area, in contrast to their conspicuous development in the Upper Greensand of southwest England and the Weald.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2008 > Geology and Landscape England
ISSN: 0016-7878
Additional Keywords: Albian, Greensands, Devizes, Southern England, Geological map sheet 282
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 12 Feb 2009 13:51
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/6072

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