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Cadott in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Precambrian Rocks

The Precambrian Rocks Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 27, 2011
1. The Precambrian Rocks Marker
Inscription.  From here you can see Precambrian rocks exposed along the river below the dam. Although mostly covered by a dark gray coating of carbon, their fresh pinkish gray colors show where they have been scoured off by floodwaters. We are looking at rocks which were intruded, deformed and re-crystallized [metamorphosed] deep within continental crust between 1850 and 1800 mya. Erosion removed several miles of Precambrian rocks before sands were deposited on them during Cambrian time about 500 million years ago.

The oldest rocks here are dark gray amphibolites, which are composed of black amphibole and gray plagioclase feldspar. The amphibolites are "cut" by masses of pinkish gray granite composed of creamy feldspars and gray, glassy quartz. You can see unassimilated pieces of amphibolite "floating" in the granite. The resulting comprise rock is called an "intrusion breccia". You will also see younger granites cutting older ones. Some of the granites, called pegmatites, are very coarse-textured, with big crystals of pinkish feldspar and quartz.

Figure 2 --- Sketch of an intrusion breccia with fragments of deformed granite
The Precambrian Rocks Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 27, 2011
2. The Precambrian Rocks Marker
[right side]
and amphibolite.

All of the rocks show a distinct layering or foliation which is produced by solid-state flowage of crush debris under extremely high shearing stress and/or recrystallization under compression.

Figure 3 --- Shear-folded compositional layering in contaminated granite. Key highlights axial trace of small fold. Location #2

Figure 4 --- Sheared, contaminated granite; Location #3 Note the gray color caused by contaminated of the granite by amphibolitic minerals. Notice that in some places the foliation has been folded [Figure 4]. This indicates that the foliation was produced during an initial high-temperature-pressure deformation and then later deformed. Multiple deformations are typical of Precambrian rocks.

Figure 5 --- A large fragment or "xenolith" of dark amphibolite in coarse granite contains folded granite stringers similar in composition to the enclosing granite. This relationship suggests defromation of the fragment after intrusion of some of the granite Location #4.

Figure 6 --- Veined Precambrian amphibolite xenolith cut by granite which shows deformation fabric – a thin layering called "foliation". Location: #5

Figure 7 --- Laminated dark granite containing much disseminated amphibolite [dark gray]. Some of this granular fabric was produced by intense shearing along a west-northwest trending
Cadott Dam - Yellow River image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 27, 2011
3. Cadott Dam - Yellow River
The Precambrian rocks are covered by high water.
fault zone after granite intrusion at 1,800 mya. Location #6

Figure 8 --- Granite dikes and stringers cutting highly deformed and altered amphibolite. Note two ages of granite dikes [granite cutting older granite]. Location #7

Created by: Dr. Paul Myers
Geology Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

In the Memory of Tim McConville
Donated by the McConville Family

Erected 2004 by Dr. Paul Myers; donated by the McConville Family.
Location. 44° 57.225′ N, 91° 9.053′ W. Marker is in Cadott, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and West Yellow Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cadott WI 54727, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cadotte Trading Post Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cadott Centennial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Great Northern Pine of Wisconsin (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cadotte Fur Traders (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Yellowstone Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Introduction to the Geology of the Cadott Region (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cadott Hub and Spoke Factory
Yellow River image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, April 27, 2011
4. Yellow River
(approx. mile away); The Gravesite of Lansing A. Wilcox (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cadott.
Additional comments.
1. mya
Used in the text, "mya" indicates million years ago.
    — Submitted November 29, 2011.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 641 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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