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The Blue Ridge province in north-central Virginia forms a large basement massif at the hinterland edge of the central Appalachian fold-and-thrust belt. Rocks and structures exposed in the Blue Ridge record a long tectonic history that encompasses the Mesoproterozoic Grenvillian orogen, Neoproterozoic Iapetan crustal extension, multiple Paleozoic collisional events, and Mesozoic tectonism. The purpose of this field trip is to provide an overview of Blue Ridge tectonics, highlight the findings of recent studies, and discuss the outstanding questions that remain unanswered in Blue Ridge geology. The trip will traverse the Blue Ridge from southeast to northwest and includes stops along the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah Valley.

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