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Geologic Unit: Stamford

Publication:
Zen, E-an (editor), Goldsmith, Richard (compiler), Ratcliffe, 
   N.M. (compiler), Robinson, Peter (compiler), Stanley, R.S. 
   (compiler), Hatch, N.L., Jr., Shride, A.F., Weed, E.G.A., 
   and Wones, D.R., 1983, Bedrock geologic map of Massachusetts: 
   U.S. Geological Survey Special Map, 3 sheets, scale 
   1:125,000
Usage in Publication:
Stamford Granite*

Modifications: Geologic Province: Dominant Lithology:
 Overview
 New England province
 

Summary:
Used as Stamford Granite of Middle Proterozoic age. Consists of white to gray biotite-oligoclase-microcline rapakivi granite gneiss containing blue quartz.
Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Reston GNULEX).


Publication:
Ratcliffe, N.M., 1991, Revisions to the nomenclature of some 
   Middle Proterozoic granitic rocks in the northern Berkshire 
   massif, Massachusetts, and the southern Green Mountains, 
   Vermont and Massachusetts, IN Stratigraphic Notes, 1989-90: 
   U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1935, p. 9-26.
Usage in Publication:
Stamford Granite*

Modifications: Geologic Province: Dominant Lithology:
 Revised
 New England province
 

Summary:
Cardinal Brook Intrusive Suite is here named in the cores of the Chester-Athens dome and Rayponda-Sadawga dome in the eastern and southern Green Mountains, VT, and the northern part of the Berkshire massif, MA. Includes the Stamford Granite of Hitchcock (1861) in the Green Mountain massif, VT, and on Hoosac Mountain in the Berkshire massif, MA; the Somerset Reservoir Granite (new name); the Harriman Reservoir Granite (new name); and the Bull Hill Gneiss of Richardson (1931). Consists of coarse-grained post-tectonic biotite granite and rapakivi granite that intrudes Middle Proterozoic gneiss of the Mount Holly Complex. Chemical data show that the Stamford Granite on Hoosac Mountain and at the type locality are two separate plutons, the original contacts and shapes of which are not known. U-Pb zircon age is Middle Proterozoic (960-950 Ma).
Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Reston GNULEX).


Publication:
Ratcliffe, N.M., Potter, D.B., and Stanley, R.S., 1993, Bedrock 
   geologic map of the Williamstown and North Adams quadrangles, 
   Massachusetts and Vermont, and part of the Cheshire quadrangle, 
   Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations 
   Series Map, I-2369, 13 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:24,000
Usage in Publication:
Stamford Granite*

Modifications: Geologic Province: Dominant Lithology:
 Revised
 Isotopic dating
 New England province
 

Summary:
A dike-like feature of Stamford Granite, found near eastern margin of Green Mountain massif near locality 1 on this map (represented by sample 172), was incorrectly referred to as a probable Late Proterozoic diabase dike by Ratcliffe on his section of the Bedrock Map of Massachusetts (Zen and others, 1983). U-Pb zircon dates from Karabinos and Aleinikoff (1988, 1990) yield an age of 959+/-4 Ma. Unpublished data from Harding and Mukasa yield a U-Pb zircon date of about 950 Ma.
Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Reston GNULEX).