Z3 Salt Member

Formal (NAM & RGD 1980).
Lithological description

Succession of grey to reddish halite. Pure salt sequence, with gamma-ray readings comparable to those in the upper cycle of the Z2 Salt. In the middle and upper part two potassium-magnesium-rich salt beds are frequently observed. Among the minerals present are kieserite, carnallite and the rare bischofite (Coelewijn et al., 1978). The recessive, upper part of this member is represented by halites with an increase in red clay content.

Depositional setting

Deeper salina.

Definition of lower boundary

Anhdrite-salt boundary.

Definition of upper boundary

Base of the Z4 Red Salt Clay Member.

Thickness indication
200-300 m, locally up to 400 m.
Geographical distribution
Regional correlation
UK: Leine Halite Formation; GER: Kaliflöze Ronneberg and Riedel; BEL: Z3 Salt Member.
late Wuchiapingian.
Depth (thickness) AH:
1245 - 1281 m (36 m)
Depth (thickness) AH:
2250 - 2488 m (238 m)
Origin of name
Previous name(s)
Reviewed by (date)
Mark Geluk (2017).
NAM & RGD 1980. Stratigraphic nomenclature of The Netherlands. Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Nederlands Geologisch Mijnbouwkundig Genootschap 32, 77 p.
Cite as
TNO-GDN ([YEAR]). Z3 Salt Member. In: Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the Netherlands, TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands. Accessed on [DATE] from https://www.dinoloket.nl/en/stratigraphic-nomenclature/z3-salt-member.