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The Appalachian Inner Piedmont (IP) extends along orogenic strike some 700 km from North Carolina to Alabama. Its physical attributes contrast with those of other Appalachian tectonic elements: gentle dip of dominant foliation; imbricate stack of fold nappes; dominant sillimanite-grade metamorphism and near ubiquitous migmatization; heterogeneous, non-plane deformation; and earlier S-foliations transposed to C-foliations southeast of the mid-Palaeozoic Brevard fault zone forming a 10–20 km wide amphibolite-facies shear zone along the western flank of the IP. The IP contains west-and SW-directed thrust sheets and mineral stretching lineation, sheath folds on all scales, and other indicators that define a curved...

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