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Three basement trends, defined by the 1.0–0.5 Ga foldbelts of weak crust that wrap around the 1 Ga Namaqua-Natal Belt and >2.5 Ga Kaapvaal Province, provide a tub-shaped template that was impressed on succeeding structures up to the Cretaceous breakup of Pangea along the present divergent margins. The pattern is reprinted during the Ordovician-Devonian deposition of the Cape Supergroup in grabens on the northwest and northeast linked by an east-west depositional axis and during the Permian and Triassic development of the Cape Fold Belt along the east-west trend linked with intermittent uplifts to the northwest (Atlantic upland) at a syntaxis...

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