Weiteveen Formation

Formal (NAM & RGD 1980). Amended (Van Adrichem Boogaert & Kouwe 1993).
Lithological description

On relative swells, it consists of basal, generally coarse-sandy to conglomeratic clastics, followed by light- to dark-grey, anhydritic, marly claystones with limestone intercalations. In the basinal lows intercalated halite beds occur. Further towards the western and northern margins of the Lower Saxony Basin, the basal clastics lose their prominent character, while the evaporite intercalations shale out.

Depositional setting

Restricted lacustrine basin-margin to marginal-marine sub-basin (lagoonal) setting, grading into floodplain to fluvial-plain setting along the extreme basin-fringe. Estuarine basin circulation favoured the periodic formation of evaporites.

Definition of lower boundary

Unconformably overlies the Altena Group or older sediments.

Definition of upper boundary

Characteristic wire-line log marker, corresponding to conspicuous claystone transition in the clayey-marly interval with fossiliferous limestones (top Serpulite Member).

Thickness indication
Up to 289 m (DRO-01).
Geographical distribution
Regional correlation
UK: ?; GER: Münder Mergel and Serpulit (Münder Formation); BEL: -.
Kimmeridgian - early Berriasian.
Depth (thickness) AH:
1230 - 1590 m (360 m)
Depth (thickness) AH:
1046 - 1196 m (150 m)
Depth (thickness) AH:
1697 - 1718 m (21 m)
Depth (thickness) AH:
1174 - 1344 m (170 m)
Depth (thickness) AH:
295 - 588 m (293 m)
Origin of name
Named after the village of Weiteveen, municipality of Schoonebeek, in the southeastern part of the province of Drente.
Previous name(s)
Reviewed by (date)
Sander Houben (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. 1993. Stratigraphic nomenclature of The Netherlands; revision and update by RGD and NOGEPA, Section G, Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous. Mededelingen Rijks Geologische Dienst, 50, 1-80..
Cite as
TNO-GDN ([YEAR]). Weiteveen Formation. In: Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the Netherlands, TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands. Accessed on [DATE] from https://www.dinoloket.nl/en/stratigraphic-nomenclature/weiteveen-formation.