Littleton Formation

Black to gray aluminous mica schist, quartzose schist, and aluminous phyllite.
State Massachusetts
Name Littleton Formation
Geologic age Lower Devonian
Lithologic constituents
Metamorphic > Schistaluminous mica schist, quartzose schist
Metamorphic > Metasedimentary > Metaclastic > Phyllitealuminous phyllite
Comments Part of Connecticut Valley Belt (Silurian and Devonian Rocks); also part of Merrimack Belt. Secondary unit description per MA006 as reported in USGS Geologic Names lexicon (ref. MA024): Report text and figures deal extensively with areal extent of Littleton in MA, but footnotes [added to the report just before the report went to press] indicate two major restrictions to the use of the Littleton [these changes are not reflected on the MA State bedrock geologic map]: 1) Recent stratigraphic interpretations in the Monadnock (Thompson, 1985) and Hinsdale (Elbert, 1986) areas, NH, and remapping in the Mt. Grace area (Robinson, 1987), MA, have shown that garnet quartzite and iron formation mapped as Littleton Formation in the Pelham-Shutesbury syncline in MA, are now assigned to the Perry Mountain Formation, [here geographically extended to MA.] 2) Littleton Formation rocks in the belt that enters MA from NH east of the Keene gneiss dome and extending to southwest of Ware, and rocks in the Amherst inlet where Littleton and Partridge are complexly interfolded, are here assigned to the Rangeley Formation [here geographically extended to MA] (Hatch and others, 1988).
NGMDB product
Counties Franklin - Hampden - Hampshire - Middlesex - Worcester