Becker Quarry (Becker's Quarry), West Willington, Willington, Tolland Co., Connecticut, USA
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||41° 52' 19'' North , 72° 16' 24'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||41.87222,-72.27361|
|Köppen climate type:||Dfb : Warm-summer humid continental climate|
Most famous for its Tessin habit and sceptered quartz crystals, plus assemblage of magnesite, almandine, pyrite, tourmaline, and free-standing kyanite crystals. As described by Ague (1995), the host rock is a granulite facies mafic gneiss (metagabbro) consisting of anorthite (An70-80), clinopyroxene, orthopyroxene and biotite with accessory quartz, and retrograde magnesio-hornblende and cummingtonite. Hydrothermal vein minerals formed in open Alpine-type fractures that cross-cut the foliation of the bedrock when it was under amphibolite facies conditions - about 15-30 km deep and 500-550 degrees C. The most common assemblage is quartz-almandine-kyanite-magnesite-biotite-albite (An20-40)-ankerite-muscovite. Less common is quartz-almandine-magnesio-hornblende-magnesite-albite (An20-40)-ankerite-biotite. Also in the veins are accessory staurolite, fluorapatite, tourmaline, zircon, ilmenite, pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite crystals (and rutile not mentioned by Ague). Calcite and pyrite formed under lower P-T conditions much later. Many minerals are coated with a dull gray-green layer of very fine-grained, retrograde sericite/chlorite/clay.
This is an operating quarry and collecting is not allowed without permission, which in recent years is rarely given.
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21 valid minerals.
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|Ordovician - Cambrian|
443.8 - 541 Ma
|Gneiss (metavolcanic) member [of Brimfield Schist]|
Age: Paleozoic (443.8 - 541 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Brimfield Schist
Description: Medium-gray, medium-grained, layered gneiss and schist, composed of oligoclase, quartz, and biotite; some gneiss and most schist layers contain garnet and sillimanite; some gneiss layers contain garnet, hornblende or pyroxene or grade into amphibolite or calc-silicate rock. Probably includes metavolcanic rocks.
Comments: Part of Eastern Uplands; Iapetus (Oceanic) Terrane - Merrimack Synclinorium; Brimfield Schist and equivalent formations (includes Tatnic Hill Formation) (Upper? and Middle Ordovician). The age of the Brimfield Group in this area is Cambrian(?) based on the intrusion of 440 my Hedgehog Hill gneiss in the top of the Hamilton Reservoir Formation in the upper part of the Brimfield, although the top of the Brimfield may be Ordovician or older Paleozoic (Pease, 1989) per CT013.
Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052.