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Stratigraphy and geochemistry of volcanic mass flows in the Stac Fada Member of the Stoer Group, Torridonian, NW Scotland

  • Grant M. Young (a1)

Abstract

The Stac Fada Member, which forms part of the Stoer Group, contains the only definitive evidence of volcanic activity within the thick Torridonian succession. At the type area in the Bay of Stoer, four volcanic-rich sandy mudstone units are recognised in the Stac Fada. An irregular erosional contact at the base of the main Stac Fada unit truncates two thinner layers of similar volcanic-rich material that were formerly interpreted as intrusions. Directional sedimentary structures associated with the Stac Fada mass flows, and the distribution and thickness of an accretionary or armoured lapilli tuff, support the existence of at least two volcanic sources. Geochemical evidence suggests that the thick Stac Fada unit at the Bay of Stoer and comparable units to the SW were derived from the same volcanic centre. The chemical composititon of volcanic fragments in the main Stac Fada unit indicates that their potassic nature is not a primary feature but is due to alteration and subsequent metasomatism.

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Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • ISSN: 1755-6910
  • EISSN: 1755-6929
  • URL: /core/journals/earth-and-environmental-science-transactions-of-royal-society-of-edinburgh
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