Garnetiferous Leucocratic Metagranite

Leucocratic, medium- to fine-grained, equigranular to granoblastic monzogranite contains very-light-gray to light-gray feldspar, medium-gray quartz as much as 0.5 cm in diameter, and dusky-red euhedral to anhedral almandine garnet as much as 1 cm in diameter. Mineralogy includes quartz, microperthite, microcline, myrmekite, plagioclase, symplectitc biotite and minor chlorite, ilmenite, zircon, titanite, epidote, leucoxene, and clinozoisite. Modal composition ranges from 28 to 29 percent quartz, 35 to 40 percent potassium feldspar, 28 to 32 percent plagioclase feldspar, 2 to 5 percent almandine garnet. U-Pb zircon data suggest a crystallization age of approximately 1070 Ma (Aleinikoff and others, 1993). In northern Virginia there are numerous localities where dikes of this unit cut porphyroblastic granite gneiss (Ybp).
State Virginia
Name Garnetiferous Leucocratic Metagranite
Geologic age Proterozoic Y
Lithologic constituents
Metamorphic > Metaigneous > Metaintrusive > Metagranite
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 Fauquier - Loudoun