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Milford granite

Milford Granite - Light-gray to pale orange-pink biotite granite; biotite tends to be in clots or short streaks, quartz granular; locally gneissic. Intrudes Zb. Occupies an area of about 100 sq km. Central mass near Milford is elliptical and is divided into and mapped as a light-colored phase and a dark-colored phase; dark-colored phase defines an irregular border for largest of light-colored plutons. Intrudes Blackstone Group rocks and Ponaganset Gneiss, but was deformed with them at some later unknown time. Isotopic age of 630 +/-15 Ma was determined using U-Pb methods on zircon by Zartman and Naylor (1984). Characterized by salmon-pink color, bluish quartz on weathered surfaces, and lineations defined by lenticular mosaics of quartz and oriented patches of biotite; texture contrast strongly with that of Dedham Granite (Wones and Goldsmith, 1991).
StateMassachusetts
NameMilford granite
Geologic ageProterozoic Z
Original map labelZmgr
CommentsPart of Milford-Dedham Zone (Tertiary and Older Rocks) Secondary unit description per MA007.
Primary rock typegranite
Secondary rock type
Other rock types
Lithologic constituents
Major
Igneous > Plutonic > Granitic > GraniteLight-gray to pale orange-pink biotite granite; biotite tends to be in clots or short streaks, quartz granular; locally gneissic.
Map references
Unpublished Digital Geologic Map of Massachusetts received from Rudi Hon at Boston College in 1998.
Unit references
Zen, E-An (ed.), Goldsmith, R. (comp.), Ratcliffe, N.M. (comp.), Robinson, P. (comp.), Stanley, R.S. (comp.), Hatch, N.L., Jr., Shride, A.F., Weed, E.G.A., Wones, D.R., 1983, Bedrock Geologic Map of Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, scale 1: 250,000.
Wones, D.R. and Goldsmith, Richard, 1991, Intrusive rocks of eastern Massachusetts, Chapter I, IN Hatch, N.L., Jr., ed., The bedrock geology of Massachusetts: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 1366-E-J, p. I1-I61.
Geographic coverageMiddlesex - Worcester

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