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The Hammett Grove Meta-igneous Suite, here named formally, is composed of altered ultramafite (soapstone and serpentinite), metapyroxenite, metagabbro, and metabasalt lithodemes. It is interpreted to represent a dismembered ophiolite that may have formed as fore-arc basement to the Carolina arc terrane. This amphibolite-facies and retrograde greenschist-facies suite of metamorphosed, comagmatic igneous rocks crops out in the Piedmont of northwestern South Carolina near the eastern edge of the Inner Piedmont belt. The northeasternmost part of the suite lies within the Kings Mountain shear zone, which constitutes the Inner Piedmont belt-Kings Mountain belt boundary. The suite is interpreted as a thrust slice or klippe derived from the Kings Mountain belt, implying that the boundary is—at least in part—an overthrust. As ophiolites occurring in ancient orogenic terranes are often related to fundamental boundary tectonics, it is proposed that the Inner Piedmont-Kings Mountain belt boundary represents a terrane suture and marks an accretionary event. Thrusting of the Hammett Grove Suite over rocks of the Inner Piedmont resulted either from orthogonal terrane accretion or from transpression related to wrench faulting.

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