New field evidence for an exposure of the Appalachian decollement at the east end of the Pine Mountain terrane, Georgia

T. E. West, D. T. Secor, J. R. Pray, I. B. Boland, H. D. Maher

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Abstract

Detailed field mapping at the east end of the Pine Mountain terrane in central Georgia indicates that the Box Ankle fault is an ~4-km-thick ductile shear zone separating Grenvillian basement of Laurentian affinity in the footwall from allochthonous accreted terranes in the handing wall. Fabric data from the Box Ankle fault indicate that it is a gently southeast dipping, northwest-vergent thrust fault. Recently discovered structural relations, together with geochronological data, indicate that the Box Ankle fault is of late Paleozoic age. It is argued that the Box Ankle fault is a surface exposure of the Appalachian decollement. The east end of the Pine Mountain terrane may be the only place in the entire orogen where this fundamentally important structure is exposed for study. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)621-624
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume23
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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