New evidence of the Cretaceous overstep of the Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK

Farrant, A.R.; Vranch, R.D.; Ensom, P.C.; Wilkinson, I.P.; Woods, M.A.. 2014 New evidence of the Cretaceous overstep of the Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, 125 (1). 63-73.

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The Mendip Hills, located on the north-western margin of the Wessex Basin, clearly show the onlap of Upper Triassic to Middle Jurassic sediments onto folded Palaeozoic strata. Recent field mapping on the crest of the Beacon Hill pericline at Tadhill, near Frome, augmented by a suite of shallow boreholes, proved up to 6.2 m of glauconitic grey and green silty sand. These glauconitic sands rest unconformably on Silurian volcanic rocks and Devonian sandstone. Lithological and ipalaeontological analyses of these glauconitic sands indicate that they are part of the Lower Cretaceous Upper Greensand Formation. This provides the first evidence for the Albian transgression across the Mendip Hills. The implications for the Cretaceous overstep on the margins of the Wessex Basin, and the analogies with the Upper Greensand succession in Devon are discussed.

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Date made live: 28 Jan 2014 13:37 +0 (UTC)

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