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Geologic Unit: Worcester

Worcester Formation (MA*)
Worcester Phyllite (MA)

Devonian, Early*
Geologic Province:
New England province*

Areal Extent:

Type Locality:
Exposures at Worcester, eastern MA, and over broad area in north part of Worcester Co. (Emerson, 1889).

Unit Name History:
Named Worcester phyllite (Emerson, 1889).
Age discussed (White, 1912).
Redescribed (Emerson, 1917).
Revised to Worcester Formation, informally subdivided (Hansen, 1956).
Age discussed (Zartman and others, 1965).
Age modified; Name variation (Castle and others, 1976).
Age modified; Biostratigraphic dating (Grew, 1970).
Age modified (Robinson, 1978).
Revised; Redescribed; Age modified; Stratigraphic relations discussed (Goldsmith and others, 1982).
MA State Geol. Map usage (Zen and others, 1983).

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Last modified: 15-Jan-2013