Northeastern Section - 57th Annual Meeting - 2022

Paper No. 37-2
Presentation Time: 1:30 PM-5:30 PM


ZULLI, Louis, Mathematics, Lafayette College, High Street, Easton, PA 18042 and SEVERS, Matt, Geology, Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Dr, Galloway, NJ 08205-9441

We present a preliminary report on a newly (re-?)discovered and seemingly unusual mafic dike that cuts Precambrian rocks near Easton, PA (and new data for a previously identified dike/sill located nearby). At its one outcrop, the new dike is about 2m wide, and exhibits sharp contacts with enclosing Mesoproterozoic quartzo-feldspathic gneiss. Based on float located along its apparent strike, the dike also cuts both post-orogenic pegmatite and talc-bearing rocks derived from the Franklin Marble. The dike is porphyritic, and initial petrographic and geochemical analyses suggest that it is likely distinct from the Catoctin-related metadiabase dikes that are relatively common within the Precambrian rocks of the New Jersey Highlands and the Reading Prong. A total alkali vs. silica diagram suggests that the new dike has a basaltic to trachy-basaltic composition.
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