Manhattan schist

  • Exhibition Text

    • Originally a shale, this schist now consists of dark, biotite-rich layers and finer-grained, light-colored layers made of gray quartz and white orthoclase. The distinct layering developed perpendicular to the direction of compression. This schist underlies most of Manhattan.

      AMNH collection

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Minerals and Resources

      Keywords: Schists, New York (N.Y.), Geology

      Audience: General