Lower Silverpit Claystone Member

Formal (NAM & RGD 1980). Amended (Van Adrichem Boogaert & Kouwe 1994).
Lithological description

Thick, red-brown, sandy clay- and siltstone interval with some intercalated sand-/siltstone stringers and beds. Anhydritic nodules are common in the claystones of some intervals. Some thin carbonate, anhydrite, and halite beds can occur locally.

Depositional setting

Playa lake to mudflat.

Definition of lower boundary

Unconformably on the grey coal measures or orange-red, nodular claystones of the Limburg Group. In some instances (e.g. well N04-01) a thin Lower Slochteren Member is found at the base of the member.

Definition of upper boundary

Conformably by the Silverpit Evaporite Member. The boundary is placed at the base of the first thick evaporite (halite or locally anhydrite) bed.

Thickness indication
Up to 237 m.
Geographical distribution
Regional correlation
UK: Silverpit Formation; GER: Elbe Sub-Group; BEL: -.
Capitanian - Wuchiapingian.
Depth (thickness) AH:
3438 - 3507 m (69 m)
Depth (thickness) AH:
3814 - 3924 m (110 m)
Depth (thickness) AH:
3587 - 3758 m (171 m)
Origin of name
Name derived from the main lithology and the stratigraphic position in the lower part of the Silverpit Formation in the centre of the basin.
Previous name(s)
Reviewed by (date)
Harmen Mijnlieff (2017).
NAM & RGD 1980. Stratigraphic nomenclature of The Netherlands. Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Nederlands Geologisch Mijnbouwkundig Genootschap 32, 77 p.
Van Adrichem Boogaert, H.A. & Kouwe, W.F.P. 1994. Stratigraphic nomenclature of The Netherlands; revision and update by RGD and NOGEPA, Section D, Permian. Mededelingen Rijks Geologische Dienst, 50, 1-42.
Cite as
TNO-GDN ([YEAR]). Lower Silverpit Claystone Member. In: Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the Netherlands, TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands. Accessed on [DATE] from https://www.dinoloket.nl/en/stratigraphic-nomenclature/lower-silverpit-claystone-member.