PLUTONIC HARRISON GNEISS AND SISCOWIT GRANITE IN THE STAMFORD AND POUND RIDGE 7.5 MINUTE QUADRANGLES, SOUTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT, PRESERVE IGNEOUS FLOW FABRICS, INTRUDE ALREADY-FOLIATED COUNTRY ROCKS, AND WERE ISOCLINALLY FOLDED, ALL UNDER HIGH-T CONDITIONS
Across both quadrangles, Siscowit thoroughly permeates its country rock. All gradations can be seen in it from m-thick screens of bt schist to mm-thick bt schileren, all parallel to a high-T foliation in the granite defined by recrystallized qtz + homogeneous Kfs + aligned, unstrained bt. Country rock intruded by veins of granite forms stromatic migmatite. Harrison can be traced in outcrop into strongly foliated qtz diorite (bt-hbl schist), with undeformed plagioclase and recrystallized bt & hbl forming an amphibolite facies assemblage. In these outcrops, layer-parallel veins of Siscowit occur, commonly stretched and forming boudins. Both plutons intrude already-foliated country rocks and are folded by younger isoclinal folds; locally, a well-developed stretching lineation parallel to the axes of these isoclines plunges 220º to 320º, the variation produced by late open folding with a spaced axial plane cleavage.
We interpret field relations, macro-, and microscopic fabrics in the Harrison and Siscowit to, first, record magmatic flow as these magmas were intruded under a stress regime into foliated metasediments. The now-gneissic igneous rocks and the metasediments were then isoclinally folded eastwards(?), the gneissic foliation becoming in places refolded and in other places developing a new, foliation axial planar to these folds. In more deformed zones, a strong lineation parallel to fold axes developed. All these events took place under high-T conditions which continued post-tectonically, as recorded by static mineral recrystallization.