USE GREENSTONE WEATHERING RINDS TO ESTIMATE AGE OF DEBRIS FANS, BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS, CENTRAL VIRGINIA, U.S.A
By making the presumption that weathering rates on buried greenstone clasts will vary across the region uniformly as conditions change through time, one can apply this equation to greenstone-dominated debris fans previously studied in central Virginia. Ryter (1989) mapped two sets of greenstone-dominated debris fans in Augusta County adjacent to Back Creek. The younger fan soils were relatively brown (5YR) with maximum Bt clay 24%; greenstone rinds averaged 4.3 mm. The older fans were more orange (2.5YR) with maximum Bt clay 37%; greenstone rinds averaged 9.0 mm. Youngblood (1998) mapped three sets of debris fans formed by Stoney Creek in Nelson County. The lowest surface contained brown (10YR) soils with low Bt clay (10-30%); greenstone rinds averaged 3.5 mm. The intermediate fans had orange (7.5YR to 2.5YR) soils with high clay (60-70%) and rinds that averaged 6.5 mm. The highest fans were red (10R) with very high clay (70-80%) and rinds of 15 mm. Application of the Madison County fan equation suggests the surface deposits of the two Augusta County fans may be approximately 100Ka and 280Ka. Using the same logic, the Nelson County fans may have formed during episodes ending approximately 65ka, 180Ka, and 500Ka.