Aalter Formation

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The full formal description is available here: Aalter Formation

Abbreviation Aa
Parent unit Zenne Group
Child units Beernem Member, Oedelem Member
Lithological description Marine unit, consisting of a grey green, glauconiferous, clayey sand with fine sandy clay layers and many thin sandstone layers. It is followed upwards by grey, fine sand, very fossiliferous at the top. The whole is covered by brown green to dark green glauconiferous, very fine, locally silty sand, with many fossil fragments.
Age Late Ypresian to Early Lutetian.
Thickness 30 m, decreasing to the east.
Area of occurrence The formation occurs in the northeastern part of West-Flanders and the north-western part of East-Flanders Flanders. It outcrops in the region of Aalter, at the base of the hillrow in the northern part of West- and East-Flanders and in a few outliers (Gent, the hills in the south of West-Flanders).
Type locality A composite stratotype was designated by Steurbaut & Nolf (1989) be-tween Aalter, Molenstraat (“Oude Molen” area), sheet 21/3-4 (Aalter – Nevele), co-ordinates: x = 85.90, y = 197.82, z = +26 m, and Aalter, Weibroekdreef bridge, sheet 21/3-4, co-ordinates: x = 86.15, y = 198.20, z = +19 m. The first mentioned area is considered as a lectostratostype.
Alternative names
Authors Laga, P., Louwye S. & Geets, S.
Date 01/01/2001
Cite as Laga, P., Louwye S. & Geets, S., 2001. The Aalter Formation, 01/01/2001. National Commission for Stratigraphy Belgium. http://ncs.naturalsciences.be/lithostratigraphy/Aalter-Formation


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