Below the dam that
formed Carterís Lake, you will find a view of the Carterís Dam Fault.
At this fault, the Western Blue Ridge rock meet the rocks of the Great
Valley. The rocks of the valley
rocks are sedimentary while the Blue Ridge rocks are metamorphic.
Approximately 300 million years ago, during the formation of Pangea,
Precambrian metamorphic rocks were pushed over the younger sediment (Cambrian to
Pennsylvanian). Originally, this
was thought to be part of one fault family, but it is now thought that two
faults intersect in this area. The
Carterís Dam Fault runs north from Cartersville into Tennessee.