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Reconnaissance sampling and chemical analysis of water from selected lakes, streams and springs of the northern Shawangunk Mountains in 1987 to 1988 to determine the influence of lithology on trace-metal concentrations in surface water, and to establish a base level of concentration of 27 selected metals by ICP-AES and Hg by cold-vapor AAS methods, for geochemical exploration, ecologic, acid-rain, and climatic-change studies, have yielded trace-metal concentrations greater than detection limits for 10 metallic elements. Eighteen additional metallic elements were also present in trace quantities below the quantitative detection limit. Two distinct geochemical populations are related to source lithology and pH. -from...
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Results from 15 test borings and 8 seismic-refraction surveys in the northeastern quarter of the Ware quadrangle, Massachusetts, provide information on the buried-bedrock topography, evidence of overdeepening of Winimusset Brook valley, information on the thickness and lithology of lacustrine deposits in glacial Lake Winimusset, and indicate a need for reinterpretation of the areal extent of the lake. Glacial Lake Winimusset, which occupied this bedrock valley during the last stages of deglaciation, was more extensive and accumulated thicker lacustrine deposits than previously postulated. Lacustrine silt and clay deposited in this lake are as much as 100 feet thick. The lake extended at least 1 mile north of the...
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The Mobil 312-1 hydrocarbon exploratory well, southeastern Georges Bank Basin penetrated a section entirely composed of sedimentary rocks that range from Middle to Pliocene age. Carbonates are the dominant lithologies in the intervals at 6096-3444 m, 2560-2096 m and 1067-887 m; siliciclastics make up most of the remaining section. Although inferred paleoenvironments range primarily from supratidal to outer neritic, thin lignitic coal beds at 2204-2195 m and 1929-1920 m record brief periods of nonmarine sedimentation. Middle and Upper Jurassic calcarenites, the drilling targets of the well, have little or no visible porosity and underwent at least three episodes of cementation.
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Undeformed Early Permian Westerly Granite dikes cut gneisses of the southeastern New England Avalon zone along coastal southeastern Connecticut and adjacent Rhode Island. Most dikes dip southward at a low angle. The Westerly dikes were emplaced in relatively warm rock penecontemporaneously with the Narragansett Pier Granite during a narrow time interval shortly after cessation of pervasive Alleghanian ductile deformation but probably before final localized movement on major shear zones. The gentle dips indicate subhorizontal release at the end stage of the Alleghanian compressive event. Doming, intrusion of granite, and subsequent rapid uplift and cooling are attributed to the underplating of Avalonian crust by...
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The calcite/ankerite concretions were formed in a hot, seasonally arid, caliche-prone environment of early Raritan age; the pyrite, marcasite, and siderite concretions precipitated in sediments deposited in low-energy, marshy, estuarine environments of late Raritan age. The phosphate concretions formed in a middle to inner shelf environment. The goethite and lepidocrocite concretions are secondary oxidation or alteration products of the prexistent Cretaceous concretions that were excavated during the Pleistocene and incorporated into the glacial drift. -from Authors
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The Exxon 975-1 well, located in the southeastern part of the Georges Bank Basin, was drilled to a total depth of 4452 m relative to the Kelly Bushing. About 6860 m of sedimentary rocks overlie the Paleozoic basement at the Exxon 975-1 wellsite. The Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary in the well is placed at 1673 m; the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary occurs at 384 m. A carbonate-evaporite sequence dominates the section below 3966 m (Iroquois Formation); limestone is the predominant lithology in the intervals 3810-3246 m and 1897-1654 m. Siliciclastics of the Mohican, undivided Mic Mac-Mohawk, Missisauga, Logan Canyon, and Dawson Canyon Formations dominate the remainder of the Mesozoic section. Lagoonal, tidal flat and sabkha...
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Recent study of the rocks in City Water Tunnel Number 3 between Roosevelt Island and beneath 34th Street and the 63rd Street subway-rail tunnels at 41st Avenue in Long Island City, as well as study of drill core from other sites in western Queens, establishes that this area of New York City is underlain by the Ravenswood Granodiorite and the Hartland Formation. The Fordham Gneiss does not appear east of the East River at these sites. Cameron's Line can be traced down the east side of the East River, as learned from observations in the tunnels, separating the Middle Proterozoic Fordham Gneiss to the west from the Cambrian and Ordovician Hartland Formation and related Ravenswood Granodiorite to the east. The older,...
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