craton
noun Etymology: German Kraton, modification of Greek kratos strength — more at hard Date: 1944 a stable relatively immobile area of the earth's crust that forms the nuclear mass of a continent or the central basin of an ocean • cratonic adjective

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  • craton — ● craton nom masculin Vaste portion de croûte continentale stable, en dehors des zones orogéniques. craton [kʀatɔ̃] n. m. ÉTYM. 1974, Sciences et Avenir; angl. craton, de crater « cratère ». ❖ ♦ Géol. Aire continentale correspondant à une zone… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • craton — [krā′tän] n. a stable, broad, horizontal rock formation of the earth s crust, that is the principal part of a continent and its continental shelf cratonic [krə tän′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Craton — Les grandes régions géologiques (USGS) Les cratons apparaissent en orange Un craton (du grec κράτος = kratos force) est un élément de lithosphère continentale possédant une identité géologique, notamment en termes de nature des roches et de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Craton — Geologic provinces of the world (USGS)   Shield …   Wikipedia

  • Cratón — Zonas geológicas de la Tierra (USGS.) Corteza oceánica (según su edad)      0 20 Ma …   Wikipedia Español

  • craton — /kray ton/, n. Geol. a relatively rigid and immobile region of continental portions of the earth s crust. [1940 45; < G Kraton, based on Gk krátos power; cf. CRACY, ON2] * * * ▪ geology       the stable interior portion of a continent… …   Universalium

  • craton — platforma statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Didelė nejudri Žemės plutos sritis, mažai raukšlėta arba visai be raukšlių. Apatinį platformos aukštą sudaro raukšlėtasis pamatas, ant jo slūgso viršutinis aukštas – nuosėdų danga.… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • craton — noun A part of the Earth’s crust that has survived the splitting and merging of continents …   Wiktionary

  • craton —   see shield area …   Geography glossary

  • craton —    A part of the earth s crust that has attained stability, and has been minimally deformed for a prolonged period. The term is now restricted to continental areas of largely Precambrian rocks.    GG …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

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