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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.
cra·ton′ic (krə-tŏn′ĭk) adj.
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(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]
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a relatively rigid and immobile region of continental portions of the earth's crust.
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An ancient part of a continent that has remained undeformed by mountain-building activity.
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|Noun||1.||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"
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