Tayport Formation

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

Red to red-brown and grey claystones and siltstones, interspersed with well-developed sandstone beds. The upper part of the formation is predominantly grey.

Depositional setting

Fluvial setting. The sandstones are fluvial channel fills, partly stacked to form thicker sandstone units. The clay- and siltstones were deposited on a floodplain, at times well-drained, which caused a red colouration.

Definition of lower boundary

Overlies the distinctly more sandy Buchan Formation, probably conformably.

Definition of upper boundary

Contact with the conformably overlying Cementstone Formation is characterized by the first occurrence of limestone beds.

Thickness indication
Up to at least 445 m.
Geographical distribution
The limited amount of data available indicate the presence of this formation in the Dutch offshore area on the Elbow Spit High area and part of the Mid North Sea High.
Regional correlation
UK: Tayport Formation; GER: ?; BEL: ?.
Tournaisian (lower Carboniferous).
Depth (thickness) AH:
2755 - 3200 m (445 m)
Origin of name
Named after the east Scottish town and seaport of Tayport.
Previous name(s)
Reviewed by (date)
Tom van Hoof (2017).
Cameron, T.D.J. 1993. Triassic, Permian and Pre-Permian of the Central and Northern North Sea. ln: Knox, R.W.O.B. & Cordey, W.G. (eds.), Lithostratigraphic nomenclature of the UK North Sea 4,-British Geological Survey, Nottingham, 163 p.
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]). Tayport Formation. In: Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the Netherlands, TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands. Accessed on [DATE] from https://www.dinoloket.nl/en/stratigraphic-nomenclature/tayport-formation.