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  • Usage in publication:
    • Waresville Formation
  • Modifications:
    • First used
    • Named
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Amphibolite
    • Schist
    • Metaquartzite
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Piedmont-Blue Ridge province
Publication:

Bentley, R.D. (editor), and Neathery, T.L. (editor), 1970, Geology of the Brevard fault zone and related rocks of the Inner Piedmont of Alabama: Alabama Geological Society Annual Field Trip Guidebook, December 4-5, 1970, no. 8, 119 p.


Summary:

Name is credited to Bentley (in prep), but manuscript has not been published to date. Waresville Formation of the Dadeville Complex is described as an extensive metavolcanic rock unit within the Brevard zone and along the northern edge of the Inner Piedmont. Exposed in Chambers and Tallapoosa Cos, AL, and Heard Co., GA. Consists of interlayered amphibolite, chlorite-actinolite schist, actinolite-feldspathic metaquartzite, and chlorite metaquartzite. Name Ropes Creek Formation is applied to metavolcanics that are of a higher grade but may be equivalent as they appear to intergrade in the Dadeville transition zone.

Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Reston GNULEX).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Waresville Formation/Amphibolite†
  • Modifications:
    • Abandoned
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Piedmont-Blue Ridge province
Publication:

Higgins, M.W., Atkins, R.L., Crawford, T.J., Crawford, R.F., III, Brooks, Rebekah, and Cook, R.B., Jr., 1988, The structure, stratigraphy, tectonostratigraphy, and evolution of the southernmost part of the Appalachian Orogen, Georgia and Alabama: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 1475, 173 p., (incl. geologic map, scale 1:500,000)


Summary:

The Waresville Formation/Amphibolite, never properly established as a formal name, is here abandoned and its rocks are assigned to the Paulding Volcanic-Plutonic Complex.

Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Reston GNULEX).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Waresville Schist
  • Modifications:
    • Reinstated
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Piedmont-Blue Ridge province
Publication:

Steltenpohl, M.G., Neilson, M.J., Bittner, E.I ., Colberg, M.R., and Cook, R.B., 1990, Geology of the Alabama Inner Piedmont terrane: Geological Survey of Alabama Bulletin, no. 139, 80 p.


Summary:

Despite abandonment by Higgins (1988), AL State geologists continue to use the term Waresville Schist (See Raymond and others, 1988; Osborne and others, 1988). Unit crops out south of Brevard zone in central Tallapoosa, northwest Chambers, and southeast Randolph Cos. Represents altered and retrograded Ropes Creek Amphibolite.

Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Reston GNULEX).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Waresville Schist*
  • Modifications:
    • Overview
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Piedmont-Blue Ridge province
Publication:

Steltenpohl, M.G., and Kunk, M.J., 1993, 40Ar/39Ar thermochronology and Alleghanian development of the southernmost Appalachian Piedmont, Alabama and southwest Georgia: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 105, no. 6, p. 819-833.


Summary:

Inner Piedmont is divided into two groups of rocks, Dadeville and Opelika Complexes (Bentley and Neathery, 1970), divided by Stonewall line. Dadeville Complex consists of Agricola Schist, Waresville Schist, Camp Hill Gneiss, Chattasofka Creek Gneiss, Ropes Creek Amphibolite, Waverly Gneiss, Simmons Crossroads metagranite (informal), and various unnamed mafic and ultramafic intrusive rocks. Opelika Complex consists of Loachapoka Schist, Saugahatchee quartzite, and Auburn Gneiss and schist. Farmville Metagranite intrudes these units. Age of all Inner Piedmont rocks is early Paleozoic. Report includes geologic sketch map.
[Remark reflects usage as published, not as reviewed in draft form. Although GNU review requested informal terms to be inverted, the published version shows that authors did not comply with request. Whatley Mill is misspelled as Whatley Mills in published version; error introduced after GNU review. (GNU records, USGS DDS-6; Reston GNULEX 01/21/94)]

Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Reston GNULEX).


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