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Sharon Syenite

Sharon Syenite - Gray to dark-gray syenite containing microperthite, oligoclase and clinopyroxene, mixed with ferro-gabbro. Proterozoic Z Sharon Syenite forms long narrow mass along southeast side of Norfolk basin. Consists of gray to dark-gray syenite and minor ferrogabbro. Both rock types are intruded by Proterozoic Z Dedham Granite, but relationship to other Proterozoic Z gabbros is unknown. Near Sharon, unit is intruded by unnamed Proterozoic Z diorite (Wones and Goldsmith, 1991).
State Massachusetts
Name Sharon Syenite
Geologic age Proterozoic Z
Comments Part of Milford-Dedham Zone (Tertiary and Older Rocks) Secondary unit description per MA007.
Primary rock type syenite
Secondary rock type gabbro
Other rock types
Lithologic constituents
Igneous > Plutonic > Syenitic > SyeniteGray to dark-gray syenite containing microperthite, oligoclase and clinopyroxene.
Igneous > Plutonic > Gabbroic > Gabbromixed with ferro-gabbro
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Unpublished Digital Geologic Map of Massachusetts received from Rudi Hon at Boston College in 1998.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.
Counties Norfolk