Kensington Quartz Diorite

Moderately to strongly deformed; igneous textures generally destroyed; composition ranges from quartz diorite to granodiorite; comprises thin concordant sheets or wedges localized along plunging crest of Baltimore anticlinorium.
State Maryland
Name Kensington Quartz Diorite
Geologic age Ordovician
Lithologic constituents
Metamorphic > Gneiss > Biotite-gneisscompositionally originally considered quartz diorite to granodiorite, now revised to tonalite. All igneous textures have been destroyed
Comments Name was revised according to ref MD004 as follows: Kensington Quartz Diorite as used by Hopson (1964) is here revised as Kensington Tonalite. Recent geochemical data revises its place within the IUGS rock classification scheme to a tonalite. An isotopic age of 460+/-4 Ma (Early Ordovician) for the Kensington Tonalite was determined from single crystal zircon dating (ref. MD005).

Cleaves, E.T., Edwards, J., Jr., and Glaser, J.D., 1968, Geologic Map of Maryland: Maryland Geological Survey, Baltimore, Maryland, scale 1:250,000.

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