Reuver Bed

Formal (Westerhoff 2003).
Lithological description

Stiff bluish grey to brownish grey clay, slightly sandy to silty. Two or three lignite layers at the top. Locally, thin sand beds (very fine to fine).

Depositional setting

Fluvial (flood basin, swamp).

Definition of lower boundary

Sharp contact with fluvial sand (Kieseloolite Formation, undifferentiated) and with shallow-marine sand (Oosterhout Formation).

Definition of upper boundary

Sharp contact with channel and bar sand and gravel (Tegelen Member, Waalre Formation) or with clayey eolian of local river sand (Stramproy Formation).

Thickness indication
Up to about 5 m.
Geographical distribution
Southeastern Netherlands (Doppert et al. 1975; Westerhoff 2009).
Regional correlation
North Sea: not present; UK: not present; GER: Reuver Member, Kieseloolith Formation; BEL: Reuver Clay.
late Miocene - Pliocene.
Type section
Not yet determined.
Depth (thickness) AH:
Not yet determined.
Origin of name
Named after the village of Reuver, on the German border in the southeastern Netherlands.
Previous name(s)
Reuver Clay (Doppert et al. 1975).
Reviewed by (date)
Wim Dubelaar (2018), Sytze van Heteren (2019).
Doppert, J.W.Chr., Ruegg, G.H.J., Van Staalduinen, C.J., Zagwijn, W.H., Zandstra, J.G. 1975. Formaties van het Kwartair en Boven-Tertiair in Nederland. In: Zagwijn, W.H., Van Staalduinen, C.J. (eds.): Toelichting bij geologische overzichtskaarten van Nederland. Rijks Geologische Dienst, Haarlem, 11-56.
Westerhoff, W.E. 2003. Beschrijving lithostratigrafische eenheid. Nederlands Instituut voor Toegepaste Geowetenschappen TNO. Utrecht.
Westerhoff, W.E. 2009. Stratigraphy and sedimentary evolution. The lower Rhine-Meuse system during the Late Pliocene and Early Pleistocene (southern North Sea Basin). PhD Thesis Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In: Geology of the Netherlands 2. TNO - Geological Survey of the Netherlands, 168 p.
Cite as
TNO-GDN ([YEAR]). Reuver Bed. In: Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the Netherlands, TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands. Accessed on [DATE] from