Pumpkin Ground Member [of Harrison (Prospect) Gneiss]

Medium- to light-gray, medium- to coarse-grained, well-layered and foliated gneiss, composed of oligoclase, microcline, quartz, and biotite; some layers have numerous microcline megacrysts 1 to 5 cm across; others have hornblende. Minor layers of garnetiferous schist and gneiss. Pumpkin Ground and Beardsley Members of Harrison Gneiss, formerly considered conformable metavolcanic members, are here recognized as juxtaposed metaplutonic units and are renamed the Beardsley and Pumpkin Ground orthogneisses. Isotopic dating yields ages of 428+/-2 Ma (Early Silurian) for the Pumpkin Ground and 446+/-2 Ma (Late Ordovician) for the Beardsley, accepted by authors as crystallization ages. Pumpkin Ground intrudes the Trap Falls Formation. The Harrison Gneiss as described by Rodgers (1985) has no stratigraphic significance and cannot be correlated regionally (Sevigny and Hanson, 1993).
State Connecticut
Name Pumpkin Ground Member [of Harrison (Prospect) Gneiss]
Geologic age Middle? Ordovician
Lithologic constituents
Major
Metamorphic > GneissMedium- to light-gray, medium- to coarse-grained, well-layered and foliated gneiss, composed of oligoclase, microcline, quartz, and biotite; some layers have numerous microcline megacrysts 1 to 5 cm across; others have hornblende; minor layers of garnetiferous gneiss.
Minor
Metamorphic > Schistminor layers of garnetiferous schist
Comments Part of Central Lowlands; Iapetus (Oceanic) Terrane - Connecticut Valley Synclinorium; Hartland Belt. Secondary unit description per CT007.
References

Rodgers, John, compiler, 1985, Bedrock Geological Map of Connecticut: Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey, Hartford, Connecticut, 2 sheets, scale 1:125,000.

Sevigny, J.H. and Hanson, G.N., 1993, Orogenic evolution of the New England Appalachians of southwestern Connecticut: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 105, no. 12, p. 1591-1605.

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Counties Fairfield - Hartford - New Haven