Light-gray, medium- to coarse grained, compositionally-layered and locally migmatitic rocks, include interlayered biotite gneiss, muscovite-biotite gneiss, muscovite-biotite schist, and sillimanite-mica schist; also includes minor interlayers and lenses of granitic gneiss, biotite-amphibole gneiss, amphibolite, garnet-mica schist, calc-silicate granofels, and rare ultramafic rocks. This unit correlates with Raleigh belt rocks in North Carolina (Parker, 1979; Geologic Map of North Carolina, 1985).
Buffalo granite (Laney, 1917). Light-gray, coarse-grained, porphyritic granite to granodiorite. Mineralogy: quartz + potassium feldspar + plagioclase + biotite; accessory minerals include apatite and zircon. Hydrothermal alteration to sericite, epidote, kaolin, and chlorite is common. Geophysical signature: positive radiometric anomaly associated with elevated potassium and thorium values. This unit is included in the Clarksville batholith of Horton and others (1993).
Very-light-gray, fine- to medium-grained crystal, lithic, and lithic-crystal andesitic metatuff with minor light-gray to white, fine-grained metasedimentary interbeds.
Light-gray, medium- to coarse grained, massive to strongly foliated biotite-muscovite granite. The name first appears in the literature as the Buggs Island granite gneiss (Kish and Fullagar, 1978); those workers report an Rb-Sr whole-rock age of 314±16 Ma.
Dominantly light-gray, schistose chlorite-sericite phyllite and phyllitic metasiltstone with a well-developed phyllitic or slaty cleavage; includes minor interlayered mafic and felsic metavolcanic rocks.
Includes light-gray, very fine-grained, foliated chlorite-sericite phyllite and phyllitic metamudstone, and dark-gray to white, fine- to medium-grained lithic and crystal dacite metatuff. Includes Goshen schist of Laney (1917).
Light-gray, fine- to coarse grained, muscovite-biotite granite, biotite-muscovite granite, and leucogranite with accessory garnet. The granite is undated but interpreted as part of the Pennsylvanian-Permian suite of granites, and considered as part of the Wise pluton, which can be traced into North Carolina (McSween and others, 1991).
Mylonite. Includes protomylonite, mylonite, ultramylonite, and cataclastic rocks. Lithology highly variable, depending on the nature of the parent rock, and on intensive parameters and history of deformation. In most mapped belts of mylonite and cataclastic rock (my), tectonized rocks anastomose around lenses of less-deformed or undeformed rock. In the Blue Ridge, some of these lenses are large enough to show at 1:500,000 scale. In many places mylonitic and cataclastic rocks are gradational into less deformed or undeformed adjacent rocks, and location of contacts between tectonized rocks (my) and adjacent units is approximate or arbitrary. These boundaries are indicated on the map by color-color joins with superimposed shear pattern. Most mapped belts of mylonite represent fault zones with multiple movement histories. In the Blue Ridge, Paleozoic age contractional deformation fabrics are superimposed on Late Precambrian extensional fabrics (Simpson and Kalaghan, 1989; Bailey and Simpson, 1993). Many Piedmont mylonite zones contain dextral-transpressional kinematic indicators that formed during Late Paleozoic collision al tectonics (Bobyarchick and Glover, 1979; Gates and others, 1986). Paleozoic and older faults were reactivated in many places to form extensional faults during the Mesozoic (Bobyarchick and Glover, 1979).
Dark-grayish-green, coarse- to medium-grained, massive to foliated metagabbro. Mineralogy: amphibole + plagioclase + clinopyroxene + quartz + biotite + muscovite + epidote ± magnetite. Geophysical signature: small circular positive magnetic anomalies. Plutons of these gabbros intrude interlayered mafic and felsic metavolcanic rocks.
White to light-gray, medium- to coarse-grained, faintly foliated, locally porphyritic; ranges from granodiorite to quartz diorite. Mineralogy: quartz + plagioclase + biotite + microcline. This unit includes the Vance pluton of Horton and others (1993), dated at 571±17 Ma (U-Pb zircon; LeHuray, 1989).
Greenish-gray to dusky green, fine- to medium-grained, massive to amygdaloidal metabasalt with dark-gray to white, medium-grained mafic lithic and crystal tuff, and minor purple phyllite and metasedimentary rocks. Geophysical signature: linear positive magnetic and negative radiometric anomalies.
Layered mafic to felsic metavolcanic rocks. Volcanogenic sequence includes felsic pyroclastic and volcaniclastic rocks with intercalated mafic pyroclastic and amygdaloidal flows and phyllitic metasedimentary interbeds. Felsic rocks are crystal, lithic, and vitric tuff and tuff breccia ranging in composition from rhyolite to dacite. Mafic rocks consist of mafic lithic crystal and vitric tuff, with associated amygdaloidal pyroclastic rocks, and greenstone metabasalt.
North View granite (Bentley, 1992). Light-gray, fine to coarse-grained, lineated to foliated to massive alkali granite composed of blocky alkali feldspar mesoperthite, quartz, magnetite, and minor aegirine, riebeckite, biotite, allanite, titanite, fluorite, zircon, and garnet. Minor microcline and albite form separate phases with recrystallization. Garnet, which may be metamorphic in origin, is grossular-almandine-spessartine with up to three percent yttrium; riebeckite is in the plane of foliation and is metamorphic in origin. The northern and western borders of the pluton are fine-grained and granophyric, with phenocrysts of mesoperthite, albite, and quartz; accessory and secondary minerals include magnetite, biotite, garnet, titanite, chlorite, epidote, muscovite, and calcite.
Light-gray, medium-grained, equigranular, broadly-layered, locally migmatitic, foliated. Mineralogy: quartz + plagioclase + microcline + biotite + muscovite ± hornblende + apatite + zircon.
Very-light-gray, fine-grained, bedded volcaniclastic sediments, conglomerate, lithic feldspathic arenite, micaceous sandstone, siltstone, phyllite, argillite, and vitric tuff, with minor greenstone. Lithic fragments and relict euhedral crystals are common. The lower part of the unit is dominantly grayish-green slate interbedded with light-gray to grayish-green micaceous metasandstone; bedding is conspicuous and graded-bedding is common. The unit grades upward to bedded light-gray to moderate-red phyllite, metasandstone and slate.
Abbeyville gabbro (Laney, 1917). Dark-greenish gray, coarse-grained metamorphosed gabbro; includes some soapstone. Mineralogy: uralitic hornblende + plagioclase + (zoisite, clinozoisite, epidote) + magnetite ± quartz; kaolin, sericite, chlorite, and calcite are also present. Geophysical signature: positive magnetic anomaly.
Light-gray, medium to coarse-grained, compositionally layered, well-foliated, commonly lineated gneiss composed of metamorphosed granite, leucogranite, and granodiorite, which locally contains feldspar megacrysts. This unit includes the granite at Lawrenceville; the rocks are variably mylonitic and lineated along the Lake Gordon mylonite zone near Kenbridge (Horton and others, 1993).
Megacrystic, well foliated; locally contains hornblende. Chapel Hill, Chatham, Farrington, Meadow Flats, Mt. Moriah, Parks Crossroads plutons, and Roxboro and Vance County suites.