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A large portion of a continental plate that has been relatively undisturbed since the Precambrian Era and includes both shield and platform layers.

[German Kraton, from Greek kratos, power; see kar- in Indo-European roots.]

cra·ton′ic (krə-tŏn′ĭk) adj.


(Geological Science) geology a stable part of the earth's continental crust or lithosphere that has not been deformed significantly for many millions, even hundreds of millions, of years. See shield7
[C20: from Greek kratos strength]
cratonic adj


(ˈkreɪ tɒn)

a relatively rigid and immobile region of continental portions of the earth's crust.
[1940–45; < German Kraton, based on Greek krátos power; compare -cracy, -on2]


An ancient part of a continent that has remained undeformed by mountain-building activity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.craton - the part of a continent that is stable and forms the central mass of the continent; typically Precambrian
continent - one of the large landmasses of the earth; "there are seven continents"; "pioneers had to cross the continent on foot"
part, piece - a portion of a natural object; "they analyzed the river into three parts"; "he needed a piece of granite"
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