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Central Appalachian Piedmont and Blue Ridge tectonic transect, Potomac River corridor

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Scott Southworth
Scott Southworth
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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Avery Ala Drake, Jr.
Avery Ala Drake, Jr.
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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David K. Brezinski
David K. Brezinski
Maryland Geological Survey, Baltimore, Maryland 21218, USA
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Robert P. Wintsch
Robert P. Wintsch
Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405, USA
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Michael J. Kunk
Michael J. Kunk
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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John N. Aleinikoff
John N. Aleinikoff
U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado 80225, USA
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Charles W. Naeser
Charles W. Naeser
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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Nancy D. Naeser
Nancy D. Naeser
U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia 20192, USA
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Published:
October 06, 2006

Abstract

This field trip highlights the current understanding of the tectonic assemblage of the rocks of the Central Appalachians, which include the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and Blue Ridge provinces. The age and origin of the rocks, the timing of regional deformation and metamorphism, and the significance of the major faults, provide the framework of the tectonic history which includes the Mesoproterozoic Grenvillian, Ordovician Taconian, Devonian to Mississippian Neoacadian, and Mississippian to Permian Alleghanian orogenies.

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Excursions in Geology and History: Field Trips in the Middle Atlantic States

Geological Society of America
Volume
8
ISBN electronic:
9780813756080
Publication date:
October 06, 2006

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