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The deformed wedge of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks in the southern Appalachian foreland fold-thrust belt is defined by the configurations of the undeformed basement surface below and the base of the Blue Ridge–Piedmont megathrust sheet above, together with the topographic free surface above the thrust belt. The base of the Blue Ridge–Piedmont sheet and undeformed basement surface have been contoured using industry, academic, and U.S. and state geological survey seismic-reflection and surface geologic data. These data reveal that the basement surface dips gently SE in the Tennessee embayment from Virginia to Georgia, and it contains several previously unrecognized normal faults and...

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