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The Bitterroot dome-Sapphire tectonic block appears to be a well-developed example of a plutonic-core gneiss-dome complex or infrastructure separated from the adjacent suprastructure by a gently dipping zone of mylonitic shearing or an “Abscherungszone.” The suprastructural Sapphire block, on the order of 15 km thick, 100 km long, and 70 km wide, apparently moved eastward about 60 km, bulldozing rocks of the eastern Flint Creek Range ahead of it. Movement of the block must have occurred about 75 or 80 m.y. ago during late stages of consolidation of the Idaho batholith which, along with sillimanite-zone regional metamorphic rocks, makes up...

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