INVESTIGATION OF TI BEARING AND NON-TI BEARING BIOTITES COEXISTING IN METAPELITE SCHISTS FROM MOUNT MITCHELL, NORTH CAROLINA
Multiple samples were collected from the outcrop at Mount Mitchell’s summit known to contain both compositions of biotite as well as from multiple outcrops along a nearby trail with a permit from the state park. Polished thin sections of the samples are analyzed by Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) on the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) as well as observing optical properties through the Polarized Light Microscope (PLM). This project obtains preliminary data to determine which samples contain both chemistries of biotite as well as note other distinguishing characteristics between the two. Future research will obtain precise chemical composition of the samples by Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy (WDS).
Much of the current information about the geology in this region is outdated and this research will provide modern microphotographs and compositional data of these rocks. This information will allow the geologic history of Mount Mitchell to be placed in context with surrounding geology and related studies and provide data and information specific to this state park for their records as well as for the scientific community.