Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Field
Trip Guidebooks Series, Volume 167.The southern Appalachian orogen
contains most of the subdivisions that characterize a classic
collisional orogen: A foreland fold-and-thrust belt (Cumberland
Plateau and Valley and Ridge), high-grade metamorphic core (central
to eastern Blue Ridge and western Piedmont), and a
plutonic/volcanic belt (Charlotte belt and Carolina slate belt). In
addition, a younger Alleghanian high-grade metamorphic core is
present on the eastern edge of the Piedmont (Kiokee-Raleigh
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