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Sparagmite (from the Latin sparagma, meaning "fragment") is an arkosic sandstone, greywacke and comglomerate set of beds so named by Jens Esmark in 1829.[1] Deposited in what is now Scandinavia during the Neoproterozoic Era to early Cambrian time,[2] the sparagmite nappes were transported up to several hundred kilometers during the Caledonian collision. Sparagmite is characterized by high feldspar percentages of microcline.[3]


  1. ^ Ramberg, Ivar B. (editor) (2007) Landet blir til: Norges geologi (The Making of a Land: Geology of Norway) Norsk Geologisk Forening (Norwegian Geological Society), Trondheim, Norway, ISBN 978-82-92344-31-6, page 133, in Norwegian; issued in 2008 in an English edition, translation by Richard E Binns, ISBN 978-82-92394-42-7
  2. ^ Landet blir til: Norges geologi ISBN 978-82-92344-31-6, page 136
  3. ^ Holtedahl, Olaf (1922) "A Tillite-like Conglomerate in the "Eocambrian": Sparagmite of Southern Norway" The American Journal of Science 204: pp. 165–173