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In the Appalachian orogen, the Neoproterozoic(?)–Lower Cambrian Chilhowee Group represents the initial drift-facies deposits along and across the eastern Laurentian continental margin following rifting. In the Southern Appalachians, this group forms thrust sheets along the west flank of the Talladega–Blue Ridge belt. Where the base is unfaulted, it lies depositionally above Ocoee Supergroup rift-facies rocks or Grenville basement. Regionally, the Chilhowee grades up into the Lower Cambrian Shady Dolomite, the initial deposits of the marginwide Cambrian–Ordovician carbonate bank. Sequences more interior to the orogen, including the Kahatchee Mountain Group (Talladega belt), the Nantahala and Brasstown Formations (western Blue Ridge), and...

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