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The Acadian orogeny in the North Atlantic region is assessed in this chapter in the light of mid-Paleozoic tectonics; throughout, plate tectonic nomenclature is used, and cycles are avoided. In North America nine regions bearing the imprint of the Acadian orogeny are recognized.

In Newfoundland, in the Maritime Provinces of Canada, and in Vermont and New Hampshire a continuous sequence of lithotectonic belts correlates along the orogen. The Bronson Hill belt, although a continuous structure in southern New England, is not recognized as such but splits into two structures northeast of the Maine-New Hampshire border: the Boundary Mountain anticlinorium and...

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