Paper No. 38-30
Presentation Time: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
MAPPIN' WITHOUT DIGGIN': AN APPLICATION OF MAGNETOMETRY TECHNIQUES IN RITTENHOUSE GAP MINING DISTRICT IN BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
HOEFERT, Catherine M., BURRIS, Lea, YENCHIK, John, BLACK, Laurel E., and FRIEHAUF, Kurt C., Department of Physical Sciences, Kutztown Univ of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA 19530, Peacefrog1027@yahoo.com

Magnetite veins in the Rittenhouse Gap iron-mining district located in Berks County, Pennsylvania are parallel, but offset in a stepped fashion, cutting Proterozoic granitic gneisses. Forest litter obscures all of the outcrop, making geologic mapping difficult. We used a hand-held proton procession magnetometer coupled with a GPS receiver, sampling with a two-meter area, and compiled our data with GIS to map the magnetic field in the iron-mining district. We interpreted the variations in the magnetic data in terms of wall rock hydrothermal alteration, calibrated by comparing magnetic data with petrographic studies of rocks exposed in the iron-mine region. In order to determine whether the districtís en echelon vein pattern reflects a large-scale Reidel shear fracture, or offsets of a simple vein by cross faults, a larger study area involving smaller grids of magnetometer readings would generate a clearer and decisive underground petrology picture.

Northeastern Section - 38th Annual Meeting (March 27-29, 2003)
General Information for this Meeting
Session No. 38--Booth# 35
Undergraduate Research in the Geological Sciences II (Posters)
Westin Hotel: Commonwealth A
8:00 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday, March 29, 2003
 

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