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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.

Craton is described in multiple online sources, as addition to our editors' articles, see section below for printable documents, Craton books and related discussion.

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Cratons of the Indian Shield
result of fragmentation of a large craton that constituted the Indian shield.
The Slave Craton From On Top: The Crustal View
35 Archean cratons preserved around the world (Bleeker, 2003).
Canada's craton: A bottoms-up view
Widespread Archean basement beneath the Yangtze craton
Paleoproterozoic Crustal Evolution of the São Luís Craton, Brazil

Suggested News Resources

Venus waits on Oakajee port to deliver iron-ore project
The Yalgoo iron-ore project consists of seven exploration licences totaling 208 km 2 over the Yilgarn Craton Archaean banded iron formation. The prefeasibility study, which was recently completed, was based on a production of 7.
Damage typically localized with East Coast quakes
Whereas California lies along a fault line of large and grinding tectonic plates, the East Coast is atop a craton, or large continental plate that's simply brittle, stretched and strained, according to Professor Robert M.
Home sweet witchott
By Susan Craton, That was the consensus of Historic St. Mary's City staff members sitting outside at the Woodland Indian Hamlet the morning of Aug. 3 and painstakingly scraping bark off cedar saplings.
Not-your-average parenting problems
Bridgelux raises $60 million for LED push

Suggested Web Resources

Craton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A craton (Greek: κράτος kratos "strength") is an old and stable part of the continental lithosphere.
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Craton | Define Craton at
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John Craton Home Page
John Craton Home Page.
craton (geology) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia
craton (geology), the stable interior portion of a continent characteristically composed of ancient crystalline basement rock.

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