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[krey-ton] /ˈkreɪ tɒn/

noun, Geology.
a relatively rigid and immobile region of continental portions of the earth’s crust.
(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 shield (sense 7)
A large portion of a continental plate that has been relatively undisturbed since the Precambrian era and includes both shield and platform layers.


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