Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Continental Nucleus

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_397

A continental nucleus is the central part of a continental block. Its surface is similar to a dome with gentle slopes and is relatively stable. It often contains large basement rocks (mainly the old metamorphic Pre-Sinian System), the outcrops of which are often surrounded by platforms covered by marine continental margin deposits. In plate tectonics, the continental nucleus is also called a land shield or shield, and in the literature, it is often called a craton.

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