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Port Deposit Gneiss

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Type  metamorphic
Region  Piedmont of Maryland
Named for  Port Deposit, Maryland
Primary  gneiss
Extent  eastern Maryland
Port Deposit Gneiss

The Port Deposit Gneiss is a Paleozoic gneiss formation in Harford County, Maryland. It is described as a "Moderately to strongly deformed intrusive complex, chiefly composed of quartz diorite gneiss. Rock types include gneissic biotite-quartz diorite, hornblende-biotite-quartz diorite, and biotite granodiorite, with minor amounts of quartz monzonite and hornblende-quartz diorite. Moderate protoclastic foliation grades into strong cataclastic shearing." It intrudes into the Volcanic Complex of Cecil County.


The Port Deposit Gneiss has been quarried along the west bank of the Susquehanna River for over 100 years.

Port Deposit Gneiss was used in:

  • Many houses and five churches in Port Deposit
  • Schools like the U.S. Naval Academy, Haverford College and The Catholic University of America
  • Fort McHenry, Fort Delaware and Fort Carroll
  • Public buildings like the Boston Public Library and the U.S. Treasury Building
  • Public works like the Concord Point Lighthouse, Lincoln Tunnel and the St Augustine seawall
  • References

    Port Deposit Gneiss Wikipedia

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