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Geologic Unit: Shawsheen

Shawsheen Gneiss (MA*)

Proterozoic, Late*
Geologic Province:
New England province*

Areal Extent:

Type Locality:
Belt along northwest side of Shawsheen River, Billerica and Wilmington quads, and in Harold Parker State Forest, Reading quadrangle, Middlesex Co., northeastern MA (Bell and Alvord, 1976).

Unit Name History:
Named (Bell and Alvord, 1976).
Age modified (Goldsmith, 1980).
Isotopic dating (Olszewski, 1980).
MA State Geol. Map usage (Zen and others, 1983).
Historical overview, age discussed (Goldsmith, 1991).

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Last modified: 15-Jan-2013