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Gaspé Peninsula may be considered as the northeastern termination of the great Appalachian mountain chain. During much of Early and Middle Paleozoic time this region, together with that part of New Brunswick adjoining Chaleur Bay, constituted a portion of the St. Lawrence geosyncline and was the scene of fluctuating submergences and emergences; it was an unstable zone between a positive element—Ungava—on the northwest and the Acadian or New Brunswick geanticline on the southeast. At times, apparently, the St. Lawrence trough was merely an embayment of the Atlantic; at other times it was a waterway connecting the...

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