Ocoee Metaconglomerate Interpretation

One can tell that the the clasts have been deformed significantly because of their shapes. The ratio of their longest to shortest axis is much greater than is typical for sedimentry clasts. The high degree of preferred orientation of the long axes also indicates this is deformational, as typically a conglomerate would show the long axes of clast to bemuch more variable, as one pebble was deposited leaning against the other. In this particular case, with the limited information available one can' tell for sure whether the quartz vein formed before or after the clast/pebble deformation.

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