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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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We knew that the craton in northern Quebec had been formed by partial fusion of an ancient precursor crust, but for the first time we have specific information about the age and the nature of this older source," lead author Jonathan O'Neil from the University of Ottawa's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences said in a (http://media.
Michael Craton, who died in September 2016, was an English/ Canadian historian who made a major contribution to the historiography of the English-speaking Caribbean.
Another A$400 000 would be invested by Nickel miner Western Areas on exploration at ASX-listed Monax Mining s Western Gawler Craton project, to earn 75% interest in the project.
The topics include the tectonic zoning of the Early Precambrian crust of the East European Platform, late paleo-Proterozoic Lapland to Mid-Russia to South Baltia intracontinental collisional orogen, late paleo-Proterozoic Svecofennian accretionary orogen, and a synthesis of the three-dimensional deep structure of the Early Precambrian crust in the East European craton.
Zhao compiles, summarizes, and assesses data obtained for various tectonic domains in the North China Craton since intense geographical study of it began at the beginning of the 21st century, and evaluates current models that that been proposed during the past few years on the origin and evolution of the craton.
Copper exploration company Craton Mining and Exploration says it is in the final stages of applying lor a mining licence lor its Omitomire deposit located 120km northeast of Windhoek.
Vision Ridge Partners, Craton Equity Partners and Eastern Sun Capital Partners LLC had also taken part in the financing as new investors.
Adelaide, Australia, Sep 19, 2012 - (ABN Newswire) - Marmota Energy (ASX:MEU) is pleased to announce calcrete assay data have been used to identify a large coincident nickel and copper-in-calcrete anomaly on Marmota's 100% owned Pundinya tenement (EL 4526) located in the Gawler Craton of South Australia.
The geothermal of West Qinling is higher than that of Huabei Craton and near to oceanic geothermal line determined by mantle xenoliths bearing on the kamafugite (Shi et al.
A good peg on which to fix the birth of modern craton theory and discovery is the early investigations of one man, Thomas Jordan.
Morocco) and Liegeois (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium) present 25 papers resulting from the UNESCO International Geological Correlation Program 485 on "Cratons, metacratons and mobile belts; keys from the West African craton boundaries: Eburnian versus Pan-African signature, magmatic, tectonic, and metallogenic implications.
Craton Equity Partners, a Southern California clean technology fund, has made an undisclosed capital commitment to GridPoint Inc.