Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Field
Trip Guidebooks Series, Volume 365.This field trip is intended to
demonstrate the major lithologic sequences and the main tectonic
and metamorphic features in a segment of the Blue Ridge geologic
province in northwestern North Carolina and adjacent parts of
Tennessee and Virginia. Many of the field locations chosen for the
six-day field trip emphasize geological characteristics common to
much of the southern and central Appalachians. Most of the
localities to be visited are in the Blue Ridge, with some in the
Valley and Ridge province to the northwest and the Brevard zone and
Inner Piedmont to the southeast. The trip provides an overview of
the anatomy and evolution of terranes subjected to the following
tectonic episodes: Late Proterozoic rifting, the development of
oceanic lithosphere, the subsequent closure of this ocean, and
further modification by multiple episodes of Paleozoic deformation
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