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For many years, the question regarding what happens to the rocks of the Talladega belt in the vicinity of their apparent northeastern terminus near Cartersville has been the subject of controversy. This has coincided with the debate over the age and correlation of metasedimentary rocks that overlie the billion-year-old Corbin gneiss complex to the east of Cartersville. Both of these problems are interrelated, and the resolution of each is dependent on the other.

Stratigraphic relationships in the polydeformed rocks exposed in the Salem Church anticlinorium east of Cartersville indicate that the rocks unconformably overlying the Corbin gneiss complex are lithostratigraphic equivalents of the lowermost Ocoee Supergroup. These lithologies can be traced southwestward to the area east of Emerson where the Talladega belt has been presumed to end. Here, it is evident from studying the small- and large-scale structural features that folding has played an important role in the structural and stratigraphic complications that occur. Our mapping suggests that although part of the Ocoee Supergroup does disappear southwest of Cartersville because of folding, other parts of the Ocoee continue on to the southwest and into the Talladega belt.

In the Talladega belt of Alabama, rock units such as the Heflin Phyllite, Abel Gap Formation, and Lay Dam Formation are lithologically similar but may be much younger than parts of the lowermost Ocoee Supergroup sequence present in Georgia. Other rock units of the Talladega belt in Alabama also resemble parts of the Ocoee sequence, but they too are not directly relatable to the Ocoee. AH long-range correlations can be considered only speculative until detailed mapping in western Georgia and eastern Alabama is completed. However, there is evidence to suggest that at least part of the Talladega belt is Precambrian in age and was deposited synchronously with the Ocoee Supergroup.

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