Abstract

Paleogeographic reconstruction of orogenically deformed sedimentary rocks requires restoration of lithologic data points to predeformation locations. One method available for this purpose is the palinspastic base map, which is a cartographic representation of a “stretched back” orogenic belt. Although many regional sedimentologic studies have been conducted in the Appalachians, very few have included palinspastic restoration. In order to facilitate future paleogeographic reconstruction in the central and southern Appalachians, this paper presents a palinspastic base map covering Paleozoic sedimentary rocks of the region.

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