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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 47 (1963)

Issue: 5. (May)

First Page: 823

Last Page: 832

Title: Quantitative Analysis of Ordovician and Younger Structural

Author(s): Charles W. Wilson, Jr. (2), Richard G. Stearns (2)


The Nashville Dome, a swelling on the Cincinnati arch, crosses Tennessee and curves westward to join a buried connection with the Ozark dome at the edge of the Mississippi Embayment. Swelling of the Nashville dome is known from Early Ordovician until mid-Tertiary, and it is likely that both earlier and later movements occurred.

Total cumulative swelling since Early Ordovician is about 850 feet. Of this, about 100 feet occurred after burial of the Knox Dolomite and before deposition of the Middle Ordovician Nashville Group; 200 feet from late in the Middle Ordovician until deposition of the Chattanooga Shale (Upper Devonian); 250 feet from Chattanooga until earliest Pennsylvanian; 100 feet sometime before Middle Cretaceous; and 150 feet after Middle Cretaceous and probably after middle Eocene.

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