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The southern Appalachian western Blue Ridge preserves a Mesoproterozoic and mid-Paleozoic basement and Neoproterozoic to Ordovician rift-to-drift sequence that is metamorphosed up to sillimanite grade and dissected by northwest-directed thrust faults resulting from several Paleozoic orogenic events. Despite a number of persistent controversies regarding the age of some western Blue Ridge units, and the nature and extent of multiple Paleozoic deformational/metamorphic events, synthesis of several multidisciplinary data sets (detailed geologic mapping, geochronology and thermochronology, stable-isotope chemostratigraphy) suggests that the western Blue Ridge likely records the effects of two discrete orogenic events. The earlier Taconic (470–440 Ma) event involved a...

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