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This paper is an in-depth review of the architecture and evolution of the Western Sierra Nevada metamorphic province. Firsthand field observations in a number of key areas provide new information about the province and the nature and timing of the Nevadan orogeny. Major units include the Northern Sierra terrane, Calaveras Complex, Feather River ultramafic belt, phyllite-greenschist belt, mélanges, and Foothills terrane. Important changes occur in all belts across the Placerville–Highway 50 corridor, which may separate a major culmination to the south from a structural depression to the north. North of the corridor, the Northern Sierra terrane consists of the Shoo...

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