Sherwood Sandstone Group

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Sherwood Sandstone Group (SSG)[edit]

Parent unit[edit]

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Previous nomenclature[edit]

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Derivation of name[edit]

From the eponymous area, SK 57 59 to SK 64 77, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

Reference Sections[edit]

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Extant exposures/sections[edit]

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Sandstone, red, yellow and brown, part pebbly; conglomeratic in lower part; pebbles generally extraformational quartz and quartzite, with some intraformational clasts; subordinate red mudstone and siltstone.

Lower boundary[edit]

Disconformable on the Lenton Sandstone Formation in the eponymous area and on the Kinnerton Sandstone Formation in Cheshire. Unconformable on the Aylesbeare Mudstone Group in east Devon, the Bridgnorth Sandstone Formation in the West Midlands, the Cumbrian Coast Group in Lancashire and Cumbria, and the Zechstein Group in north Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire and Durham. In other areas it rests unconformably on rocks ranging from Precambrian to Carboniferous in age.

Upper boundary[edit]

Gradational into the Tarporley Siltstone Formation of the MMG where mudstone/siltstone becomes dominant over sandstone. In the Bristol area it is taken at the upward change to red sandstones of the Redcliffe Sandstone Member of the MMG (Howard et al., 2008). In the East Midlands the boundary with the Tarporley Siltstone Formation is an unconformity.


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Induan (?) to Anisian (Early to early Mid-Triassic)

Equivalent units[edit]

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Geographical extent[edit]

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