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Bedford, Hillsborough Co., New Hampshire, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 42° 56' 47'' North , 71° 30' 57'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 42.94639,-71.51583

A town, originally established as "Narragansett Number 5" in 1730. It was later called Souhegan East, before finally being named Bedford in 1750.

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29 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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541 - 1000 Ma
Massabesic Gneiss Complex

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Description: Quartzose-feldspathic gneiss and biotite schists (locally rusty), granofels, and cal-silicate rocks closely intruded by, and grading into, a pink gneissic granite (623 Ma) that produced a migmatite.

Comments: Part of the Nashoba-Casco-Miramichi Terrane (Merrimack Trough). Map page 2: Massabesic Gneiss Complex: 620-600 U/Pb, orthogneiss(?) per NH039. 646+/-? U/Pb, paragneiss, 475+/-? U/Pb, orthogneiss per NH038. 641+/-25 Rb/Sr, paragneiss(?) per NH040. 375+/-? U/Pb, monazite from aplite dike in Campbell Hill fault at western contact of Massabesic Gneiss per Barbara Barriero, oral commun., 1990. 384+/-2 and 275+/-2 U/Pb, monazite in paragneiss per J.N. Aleinikoff, oral commun., April 1993. 623+/-8 U/Pb ion probe, orthogneiss; earlier age of 475 (NH038) discredited per J.N. Aleinikoff, oral commun., Feb. 1994.

Lithology: Major:{gneiss,biotite schist,granofels}, Minor:{calc silicate rock,granite,migmatite}

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. [133]

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Town of Bedford (1851): History of Bedford, New Hampshire (Boston: Alfred Mudge).

Town of Bedford (1903): History of Bedford, New Hampshire, from 1737. (Concord, NH: Rumford Printing Co.).

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