This paper presents and supports a speculative hypothesis, the essence of which follows. When continental margins in zones of convergence are buried beneath thrust sheets, fluids expelled from the margin sediments travel into the foreland basin and the continental interior. These tectonic fluids have key roles in phenomena such as faulting, magma generation, migration of hydrocarbons, transport of minerals, metamorphism, and paleomagnetism. The thrust sheet, crudely speaking, acts like a great squeegee, driving fluids ahead of it and producing widespread geologic consequences.

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