Ta River Metamorphic Suite

Ta River Metamorphic Suite, (undivided). Layered sequence consists dominantly of greenish-gray to black, medium- to coarse-grained, poorly to well-lineated, massive to well-layered amphibolite and amphibole-bearing gneiss and schist; includes interlayered ferruginous quartzite, and minor biotite gneiss, felsic volcanic rocks, gabbro and granite. Amphibolitic rocks commonly contain quartz-epidote lenses and veins. Porportion of biotite gneiss and schist in creases from northeast to southwest along strike, as does grade of regional metamorphism. Mineralogy: (horn blende, tremolite-actinolite, and cummingtonite) + quartz + calcic oligoclase ± epidote ± biotite ± garnet. Geophysical signature: linear positive and negative magnetic and radiometric anomalies. Pavlides (1981) correlated the Ta River with the Chopawamsic and James Run Formations, and considered the Ta to be a more oceanward facies of a Chopawamsic island arc sequence, on the basis of geologic and geochemical factors. The Quantico Formation generally overlies the boundary between the Chopawamsic and the Ta, obscuring the contact relationships.
State Virginia
Name Ta River Metamorphic Suite
Geologic age Cambrian
Lithologic constituents
Metamorphic > Amphibolite
Metamorphic > Gneiss > Biotite-gneiss
Metamorphic > Schist
Igneous > Plutonic > Granitic > Granite
Igneous > Plutonic > Gabbroic > Gabbro
Igneous > Volcanic > Felsic-volcanic
Metamorphic > Metasedimentary > Metaclastic > Quartzite
Comments Central Virginia Volcanic-Plutonic Belt

Virginia Division of Mineral Resources, 1993, Geologic Map of Virginia: Virginia Division of Mineral Resources, scale 1:500,000.

Virginia Division of Mineral Resources, 2003, Digital Representation of the 1993 Geologic Map of Virginia, Publication 174, CD ROM (ISO-9660) contains image file, expanded explanation in pdf, and ESRI shapefiles, scale 1:500,000.

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Counties Fluvanna - Goochland - Louisa - Spotsylvania - Stafford - Fredericksburg