continental shield


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continental shield

n.
See shield.
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With a lengthy cold water coast, a narrow coastal plain ascending to a considerably elevated escarpment which leads to a quite level plateau extending across the extent of the continental shield, we are already apart from other continents.
A leather strap on a continental shield shows that survival of backing, if it existed in a wet context, might well be good.
Sands of the Cooloola soil profiles were originally derived from metamorphic and igneous rocks of the continental shield.

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