noun Etymology: alteration of terrain Date: 1864 1. the area or surface over which a particular rock or group of rocks is prevalent 2. terrain 1a

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  • Terrane —   [zu lateinisch terrenus »zur Erde gehörend«, »aus Erde bestehend«], von tektonischen Störungen begrenzte, geologisch tektonisch mehr oder weniger einheitliche größere Gesteinsscholle (Mikroplatte), die einen Fremdkörper gegenüber ihrer Umgebung …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Terrane — Ter rane, n. (Geog.) 2. A region or limited area considered with reference to some special feature; as, the terrane of a river, that is, its drainage basin. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Terrane — Ter rane, n. [F. terrain, from L. terra earth.] 1. (Geol.) A group of rocks having a common age or origin; nearly equivalent to formation, but used somewhat less comprehensively. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • terrane — [tə rān′, ter′ān΄] n. [Fr terrain: see TERRAIN] Geol. 1. a) a geologic formation or series of related formations b) a region where a specific rock or group of rocks predominates 2. TERRAIN (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • Terrane — A terrane in geology is a fragment of crustal material formed on, or broken off from, one tectonic plate and accreted sutured to crust lying on another plate. The crustal block or fragment preserves its own distinctive geologic history, which is… …   Wikipedia

  • Terrane — Ein Terran (auch Terrane, von lat. terra Erde) ist ein Krustenblock von regionaler Ausdehnung, der sich durch großtektonische Verschiebungen an einen anderen Kontinent angelagert hat, zu dem er einen unterschiedlichen geologischen Werdegang… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Terrane — En géologie, un terrane est une accrétion de roches, sur une plateforme continentale ou un craton d origine différente. Il s agit en général de matériaux apportés par subduction. Ces matériaux proviennent soit : d arcs insulaires que la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • terrane — təˈrān, (ˈ)te|r noun ( s) Etymology: alteration of terrain (I) 1. a. : a rock formation or group of formations b. : the area or surface over which a particular rock or group of rocks …   Useful english dictionary

  • terrane — /teuh rayn , ter ayn/, n. Geol. any rock formation or series of formations or the area in which a particular formation or group of rocks is predominant. Also, terrain. [1815 25; sp. var. of TERRAIN] * * * …   Universalium

  • terrane — noun A block of the Earths crust that differs from the surrounding material, and is separated from it by faults …   Wiktionary

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