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Geologic Unit: Ashe

Ashe Formation (NC*,VA*)
Ashe Metamorphic Suite (NC)
Ashe Formation of Lynchburg Group (VA)

Proterozoic, Late
Ordovician, Early*
Geologic Province:
Piedmont-Blue Ridge province*

Areal Extent:

Type Locality:
Along South Fork of New River, between bridge along NC Highway 163 and nonconformity at base of formation, 23.7 km north-northeast along Ashe-Alleghany Co. line, Lat. 36 deg. 31 min. 20 sec. N., Long. 81 deg. 19 min. 50 sec. W. Named from Ashe Co., northwestern NC (Rankin, 1970).

Unit Name History:
Named Ashe Formation (Rankin, 1970).
Areal limits; Overview (Rankin and others, 1972).
Overview (Hurst, 1973).
Areal limits; Overview (Espenshade and others, 1975).
Redescribed as Ashe Metamorphic Suite (Abbott and Raymond, 1984).
NC State Geol. Map usage (Brown and others, 1985).
Age modified; Isotopic dating; Overview (Merschat and Wiener, 1988).
Overview; Age modified (Raymond and others, 1989).
Revised (Rankin and others, 1993).
Age modified (Rankin, 1993).
Revised, VA Geol. Survey usage (Rader and others, 1993).

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Last modified: 15-Jan-2013