Masters Theses


"The Mount Chase massive sulfide prospect of northern Penobscot County, Maine was discovered in 1979 by Getty Mining Company. The deposit occurs within a sequence of lower paleozoic metavolcanic and metasedimentary rocks. The footwall units consist of rhyolitic flows, quartz-feldspar crystal tuff, and altered tuffaceous volcanic breccias. These rocks lie unconformably upon intensely folded sediments which are tentatively correlated with the Grand Pitch Formation of probable Cambrian age. The footwall volcanoclastic rocks exhibit a narrow zone of intense chloritic alteration immediately below the massive sulfide horizon, and a broader zone of sericitic alteration below that. A zone of stringer mineralization is associated with the footwall alteration beneath the western side of the deposit. The massive sulfide occurs in two adjacent main lenses occurring approximately within the same stratigraphic horizon. On a microscopic scale, the sulfide minerals exhibit metamorphic recrystallization with porphyroblastic and poikilobastic textures common. The Mount Chase hanging wall units consist of a sequence of relatively unaltered crystal-lithic tuffs, greenstone, and shale. The entire Mount Chase footwall and hanging wall sequence is tentatively correlated with the early to middle Ordovician Shin Brook Formation.

Representative drill core samples were analyzed by x-ray fluorescence for SiO2, Al2O3, Fe2O3, MgO, Na2O, K2O, TiO2, P2O5, MnO, FeS2, Ba, Cu, Zn, Rb, and Sr. The chemical systems of Bastin and Ossan indicate a combination of metasedimentary and metavolcanic lithologies for the Mount Chase rocks. These results agreed well with mineralogical and textural interpretations. Harker-type variation diagrams indicate depleted levels of CaO, and somewhat elevated levels of Na2O. K2O is generally depleted in the hanging wall rocks and elevated in the footwall rocks. These observations are interpreted to be the result of alkali metasomatism in the hanging wall rocks and a combination of alkali metasomatism and hydrothermal alteration in the footwall rocks. TAS and AFM plots of the Mount Chase igneous rocks indicate subalkalic calc-alkaline affinities though the most mafic rocks plot as tholeiites"--Abstract, pages ii-iii.


Grant, S. Kerry
Hagni, Richard D.

Committee Member(s)

Watson, John L.


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Geology and Geophysics


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Spring 1989


x, 117 pages, plates (in pocket)

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 100-105).

Geographic Coverage

Penobscot County, Maine


© 1989 Michael V. Scully, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Thesis Number

T 5851

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Scully_Plates_1.tif (33060 kB)
Geologic map of Mt. Chase prospect area

Scully_Plates_2.tif (32924 kB)
Geologic cross sections through deposit


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