Bosscheveld formation

Informal (Van Adrichem Boogaert & Kouwe 1994).
Lithological description

Interbedded dark-grey, partly calcareous mudstones, fine-grained sandstones and limestones, often nodular. Locally, red colours occur.

Depositional setting

Shallow marine sediment, deposited in a sheltered, low-energy environment. Occasional emergence may have occurred.

Definition of lower boundary

Not well documented. It should be placed at the contact with the underlying, more monotonous mudstones of the Bollen claystone formation. The final depth of well Kastanjelaan-2 may be close to this boundary.

Definition of upper boundary

Placed at the base of the thick, massive carbonates of the Zeeland Formation.

Thickness indication
Up to 49 m.
Geographical distribution
Regional correlation
UK: -; GER: ?; BEL: Bosscheveld Formation.
Famennian - early Tournaisian.
Depth (thickness) AH:
382 - 500.5 m (118.5 m)
Origin of name
Named after the Bosscheveld quarter of the town of Maastricht in the province of Limburg, where the well Kastanjelaan-2 is situated.
Previous name(s)
Reviewed by (date)
Tom van Hoof (2017).
Van Adrichem Boogaert, H.A. & Kouwe, W.F.P. 1994. Stratigraphic nomenclature of The Netherlands; revision and update by RGD and NOGEPA, Section B, Devonian and Dinantian. Mededelingen Rijks Geologische Dienst, 50, 1-20.
Cite as
TNO-GDN ([YEAR]). Bosscheveld formation. In: Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the Netherlands, TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands. Accessed on [DATE] from