Definition of nappe in English:


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  • A sheet of rock that has moved sideways over neighboring strata as a result of an overthrust or folding.
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    • On its south side the Oytag arc is thrust over Carboniferous sandstones and limestones that are folded into spectacular nappes.
    • Another important difference is that the basement of one of the Menderes nappes (dine nappe, see below) is of Neoproterozoic to Cambrian age.
    • Stratigraphic relationships show that the Mata nappe follows a recumbent fold structure characterized by a normal and an inverted fold limb.


late 19th century: from French nappe 'tablecloth'.

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