|Geologic age||Late Proterozoic? to Devonian?|
|Comments||Part of Esmond-Dedham Subterrane (West Bay Area)|
|Primary rock type||troctolite|
|Secondary rock type|
|Other rock types|
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.
Hermes, O.D., Gromet, L.P., Murray, D.P., Hamidzada, N.A., 1994, Geologic Map of Rhode Island, file name = bedrock_shp.zip (870kb) obtained from Rhode Island Geographic Information System, http://www.edc.uri.edu/rigis-spf/Statewide/state.html#geology , shapefile or interchange file, scale 1/100,000.
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.