Abstract

Approximately one-third of western Nova Scotia is underlain by granitic rocks of the South Mountain batholith. The pi u ton is an epizonal complex of granodiorite, adamellite and alaskite which was emplaced after the folding and metamorphic events of the Acadian orogeny. Chemical and petrographic data suggest that the rocks comprise a single comagmatic suite related by the fractional crystallization of biotite and plagioclase. The magma for the batholith may have been produced by partial fusion of the lower crust, or through a hybridization of mantle and crustal melts.

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