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The Brevard fault zone is one of the largest faults in the Appalachians, extending from Alabama to Virginia. It had a very complex history of movement and reactivation, with three movement episodes: (1) Acadian-Neoacadian (403–345 Ma) movement accompanying the thermal peak of metamorphism and deformation with dextral, southwest-directed emplacement of the Inner Piedmont; (2) ductile dextral reactivation during the early Alleghanian (~280 Ma) under lower-greenschist-facies conditions; and (3) brittle dip-slip reactivation during the late Alleghanian (260 Ma?). The Brevard is comparable to other large faults with polyphase movement in other orogens worldwide, for example, the Periadriatic line in the...

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