|Geologic age||Late Proterozoic? to Devonian?|
Igneous > Plutonic > Gabbroic > Gabbro > TroctoliteThe designated state rock of Rhode Island. Black, medium-grained, porphyritic melatroctolite (phenocrysts of plagioclase), composed of magnetite, ilmenite, olivine, plagioclase, and accessory hercynite spinel; secondary chlorite and saussurite. Abundance of magnetite and ilmenite (up to 70% of rock) results in characteristic high specific gravity. The rock is massive, but locally exhibits a flow lamination caused by the planar orientation of plagioclase laths.
|Comments||Part of Esmond-Dedham Subterrane (West Bay Area)|
Hermes, O.D. (comp.), Gromet, L.P. (comp.), Murray, D.P. (comp.), Hamidzada, N.A., Skehan, J.W., and Mosher, S., 1994, Bedrock geologic map of Rhode Island: Rhode Island Map Series No. 1, Kingston, Rhode Island, scale 1:100,000.