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The Talladega belt in Alabama and Georgia is the northwesternmost belt of the Appalachian Piedmont metamorphic province. It contains low-rank metasediments and metavolcanics that have been thrust faulted onto Paleozoic sediments of the Valley and Ridge province via the Cartersville-Talladega fault system. The age of several formations in the southwestern part of the Talladega belt in Alabama has been determined to be Devonian, but controversy exists concerning the age of much of the rest of the belt. Another major problem has been the age and structure relationships of the Talladega belt to the Precambrian and Lower Cambrian rocks of the Blue Ridge province on strike with the Talladega belt to the northeast.

In the Borden Springs area, Cleburne County, Alabama, nappes of the Lower Cambrian Weisner and Shady Formations rest on younger Paleozoic rocks immediately northwest of the Talladega belt. A sequence composed mainly of slates and quartzites characterized by graded beds lies between the Talladega belt and the nappes of Weisner and Shady. Distinctive lithologies within this sequence are found also within the Talladega belt near Borden Springs and also near the southwest end of the belt in Alabama within metasediments immediately below the Jumbo Dolomite of the Sylacauga Marble Group. Although the slate-quartzite sequence has been interpreted in recent years as being Ordovician to Devonian, detailed mapping in the Borden Springs area indicates that it is correlative with the Early Cambrian Weisner and Shady, although somewhat different in sedimentary aspect from Weisner and Shady in nappes to the west. Therefore, the Talladega belt may contain rocks at least as old as Early Cambrian and may be at least partly equivalent in age to rocks of the Blue Ridge province.

The slate-quartzite sequence lies northwest, west, and southeast of an anticlinal region of younger Paleozoic sediments in western Georgia, over which it was thrust faulted. It thus forms an imbricated nappe sequence rooted, if at all, beneath the Piedmont province to the southeast.

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