Veenhuizen Member

Formal (Bosch et al. 2003).
Lithological description

Grey to brownish grey medium to very coarse sand, partly gravelly, multi-coloured. Locally, olive grey silty clay or organogenic sediment (Bosch et al. 2014).

Depositional setting

Fluvial (Rhine), including channel, bank, crevasse, abandoned channel and oxbow lake. Northward, coastal and shallow marine.

Definition of lower boundary

Sharp, unconformable contact with finer and less calcareous fluvial sand (Appelscha Formation).

Definition of upper boundary

Sharp unconformable contact with finer, more micaceous, more organic and less multi-coloured fluvioglacial sand (Peelo Formation). Gradual transition into fluvial or coastal sand (Tijnje Member or Urk Formation, undifferentiated).

Thickness indication
Up to about 50 m.
Geographical distribution
Northern Netherlands, where the Urk Formation lies stratigraphically below the Peelo Formation.
Regional correlation
North Sea: marine Egmond Ground Formation; UK: not present; GER: not distinguished; BEL: not present.
Middle Pleistocene (Cromerian - Holsteinian).
Type section
Not yet determined.
Depth (thickness) AH:
Not yet determined.
Origin of name
Named after the village of Veenhuizen in the northern Netherlands.
Previous name(s)
Reviewed by (date)
Wim Dubelaar (2018), Sytze van Heteren (2019).
Bosch, J.H.A., Busschers, F.S., Weerts, H.J.T. 2003. Beschrijving lithostratigrafische eenheid. Nederlands Instituut voor Toegepaste Geowetenschappen TNO. Utrecht.
Bosch, J.H.A., Harting, R., Gunnink, J.L. 2014. Lithologische karakterisering van de ondiepe ondergrond van Noord-Nederland. TNO-rapport 2014-R10680, 180 p.
Cite as
TNO-GDN ([YEAR]). Veenhuizen Member. In: Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the Netherlands, TNO – Geological Survey of the Netherlands. Accessed on [DATE] from