Abstract

Granitic rocks comprising the eastern half of the main batholith of southwestern Nova Scotia have been studied. The granitic rocks intrude Lower Paleozoic metasediments of the Meguma Group. Field work, the chemistry and petrology of the granitic rocks, and Rb–Sr whole-rock isochron dates indicate that there were at least two episodes of granite emplacement, the earlier about 415 m.y. ago and the later about 350 m.y. ago. Samples from a much smaller pluton some 65 mi (104 km) away from the study area were also dated and are correlated with rocks in the main batholith.

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