Falls Church Intrusive Suite

Falls Church Intrusive Suite (Drake and Froelich, 1986; in press). Tonalite, granodiorite, monzogranite, and trondhjemite. Tonalite, medium-dark-gray, medium- to coarse grained biotite-hornblende tonalite and biotite tonalite with abundant inclusions of mafic and ultramafic rock. Tonalite is typically well-foliated; in many places it has a strong quartz-rod lineation. Granodiorite, medium-gray, medium- to coarse grained, poorly- to moderately-well-foliated, biotite- and biotite-muscovite-bearing. Monzogranite, medium-grained, muscovite-biotite and garnet-muscovite-biotite-bearing. Trondhjemite, light-pink to light-gray, medium-grained, muscovite-bearing; strongly deformed and recrystallized. Tonalite from this suite has been dated at 481±11 Ma (U-Pb single-crystal zircon; J.N. Aleinikoff, written communication, 1993).
State Virginia
Name Falls Church Intrusive Suite
Geologic age Cambrian-Ordovician
Lithologic constituents
Major
Igneous > Plutonic > Granitic > Tonalite
Minor
Igneous > Plutonic > Granitic > Granite
Igneous > Plutonic > Granitic > Granodiorite
Igneous > Plutonic > Granitic > Tonalite > Trondhjemite
Comments Western Piedmont (Northern)
References

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 Fairfax - Falls Church