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Geologic Unit: Hampden

Hampden Basalt of Newark Supergroup (MA*,CT*)

Jurassic, Early*

Geologic Province:
New England province*
Pomperaug basin*
Hartford basin*
Areal Extent:

Type Locality:
Forms the strong foothill ridge east of the Mount Tom Range, Hampden Co., MA (Emerson, 1898).

Unit Name History:
Named Hampden Diabase (Emerson, 1898). Revised to unit of Granby Tuff (Balk, 1957). Revised to Hampden lava member of Meriden formation (Rodgers, 1959). Revised to Hampden Basalt of Newark Group (Lehmann, 1959). Revised to Hampden Basalt of Meriden Group (Sanders, 1968). Age changed (Cornet and others, 1973). Revised to Hampden Basalt (Zen and others, 1983). Assigned to Newark Supergroup (Rodgers, 1985).

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Last modified: 15-Jan-2013