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William Peck

Professor of Geology; Chair, Department of Geology
Geology , 422 Ho Science Center
p 315-228-6798
Erika Rader '07 conducting experiment
Adam Mansur '05 preparing experiment.

William Peck's Research in the New Jersey Highlands

In the past few years Colgate students and I have been working on the Proterozoic Franklin Marble of the New Jersey Highlands with collaborators at the NJ Geological Survey and local mineral museums. The Franklin Marble hosts of a number of small iron ore deposits and the world-class zinc deposits at Franklin and Sterling Hill.

Five Students have been involved in this research. Mike Meredith ('03) and Erika Rader ('07) focused on quantifying metamorphic conditions of the marble by examining petrology and the fractionation of carbon isotopes between calcite and graphite. Erika also discovered an occurrence of the rare borosilicate Serendibite in the Franklin Marble of Orange County, NY.  Bret Doverspike ('03) and Adam Mansur ('05) worked on understanding the genesis of the iron and zinc ore deposits.  Matt Shramko (’13) did a study on secondary carbonates from the Zn mines at Franklin and Sterling Hill.
Mike Meredith ('03) and Bret Doverspike ('03) collect marble samples from near the Franklin Mine, a world-class zinc deposit.

Student Presentations at Professional Meetings

researcher presenting findings
Erika Rader '07 presenting her findings

Related References

(*indicates student author)

Volkert, RA, and Peck, WH, 2017, Constraints from geochemistry and oxygen isotopes for the origin of mafic orthoamphibole gneiss in the New Jersey Highlands, north-central Appalachians, USA: Lithos, v. 294-295, p. 184-197.

Peck, WH, *Shramko, MF, and Verbeek, ER, 2016, Carbon and oxygen isotopes of secondary carbonates at Franklin and Sterling Hill: The Picking Table, v. 57, p. 29-38. 

Peck, WH, Volkert, RA, *Mansur, A, *Doverspike, BA, 2009, Stable isotope and petrologic evidence for the origin of regional marble-hosted magnetite deposits and the zinc deposits at Franklin and Sterling Hill, New Jersey Highlands: Economic Geology, v. 104, p. 1037-1054.

Peck, WH, Volkert, RA, Meredith, MT, and Rader, EL, 2006, Calcite-graphite carbon isotope thermometry of the Franklin Marble, New Jersey Highlands: Journal of Geology, v. 114, p. 485-499.

Rader, EL, and Peck, WH, 2006, A new serendibite locality in the Grenville Province (Orange County, New York), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.38, n. 2, p. 25.

Meredith, MT, Doverspike, BA, Peck, WH, 2003, Stable isotope geochemistry of the Franklin Marble (Grenville Province, New Jersey), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.35, n. 3., p. 96.