Porphyroblastic Granite Gneiss

Dark-yellowish brown to moderate-yellowish-brown, medium-grained, granoblastic to megacrystic, mafic-rich monzogranite composed of 27 to 38 percent quartz, 28 to 39 percent orthoclase, rod and bleb perthite, microcline, and myrmekite, and 33 to 40 percent oligoclase and andesine. Porphyroblasts of potassium feldspar range from 1 to 10 cm while plagioclase and quartz are generally 2 cm or less in maximum dimension. Mafic minerals, including almandine, biotite, chlorite, hornblende, and opaque minerals, are, in places, concentrated in layers. Almandine (up to 1 cm in diameter) makes up as much as 3 percent of the mode, while hornblende, commonly 0.5 to 0.75 cm in length, constitutes less than 1 percent. The rock breaks along cleavage surfaces that are commonly rich in chlorite, giving the whole rock a light green color. A U-Pb zircon age from this rock is 1144±2 Ma; two different populations of monazite give ages of 1106±1 Ma and 1063±1 Ma, respectively (Aleinikoff and others, 1993). This unit is the oldest dated granitic rock in the northern Virginia Blue Ridge, and is very commonly intruded by dikes of the Marshall Metagranite (Ym) and garnetiferous leucocratic metagranite (Ygt), and less commonly by leucocratic metagranite (Yg). These field relations suggest that the monazite ages are not cooling ages but represent the times of metamorphic growth during subsequent intrusive events.
State Virginia
Name Porphyroblastic Granite Gneiss
Geologic age Proterozoic Y
Lithologic constituents
Metamorphic > Gneissgranitic gneiss
Comments Blue Ridge Basement Complex, Middle Proterozoic (Grenville-Age) Plutonic Rocks

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 Culpeper - Fauquier - Loudoun - Rappahannock