The metamorphic complex of the northern Ruby Mountains in northeastern Nevada exposes Paleozoic strata that are metamorphosed to sillimanite grade, migmatized, and recumbently folded. Nappes are variously overturned to the east, north, south, and west. The deeper part of this metamorphic infrastructure is a migmatitic zone pervaded by pegmatitic two-mica granite. A structurally higher transition zone underwent extreme tectonic flattening and some thrusting as the mobile infrastructure rose buoyantly against more rigid suprastructure. Relief by flow and stretching to the west-northwest and east-southeast resulted in a regionally constant lineation in this transition zone. The age of metamorphism is uncertain but may be Jurassic.