Four periods of deformation (D1-D4) are recognized in the Lion Park Road borrow pit near Marietta, South Carolina. Although each period is characterized by distinct structures, D3 produced two structural styles (D3a, D3b) resulting from layer-parallel shortening. D3a is characterized by detachment folding at the tip of an underlying thrust. D3b is a fold-to-fault progression that was localized by east-dipping, quartz-filled gash fractures. The fold-to-fault progression demonstrates the influence of a mechanical anisotropy on ramp development. The early stages of D3b were formed by deflection of northwest-directed, layer-parallel shortening and active, down-section propagation of folds and thrusts. Following connection with a splay of basal detachment, later D3b stages resulted from up-section movement that produced kink folding and a throughgoing thrust. This up-section movement deformed and modified the geometries of older, down-section structures. Detailed mesoscopic field observations, integrated with a combination of current thrust fault models, are used to interpret the D3b fold-to-fault progression. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Influence of deflection on a fold-to-fault progression: field evidence from near Marietta, South Carolina