MYNYDD  PRESELI  DOLERITE

 

The rocks that make up the famous prehistoric structure of Stonehenge in Britain are often referred to as “Stonehenge Bluestone”.  They are Ordovician-aged porphyritic dolerites that have been subjected to low-grade metamorphism during the Paleozoic assembly of Pangaea.

 

Here’s a sample of spotted dolerite from the Preseli Hills of Wales  It consists of (mostly) albitized plagioclase feldspar (whitish & whitish-gray), pyroxene (blackish), and the low-grade metamorphic minerals chlorite, epidote, and actinolite (all greenish).

 

Unit & Age: Mynydd Preseli Dolerite Suite, Llanvirnian Stage, early Middle Ordovician

 

Locality: Preseli Hills, North Pembrokeshire, southwestern Wales, southwestern Britain.

 

Mynydd Preseli Dolerite (6.7 cm across at its widest), the rock type that makes up the prehistoric structure at Stonehenge.

 


 

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