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microcontinent

Line breaks: micro|con¦tin¦ent
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)ˌkɒntɪnənt
 
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Definition of microcontinent in English:

noun

Geology
An isolated fragment of continental crust forming part of a small crust plate.
Example sentences
  • Subduction must therefore have taken place beneath a microcontinent or an island-arc that later collided with Baltica to produce the early Caledonian Finnmarkian orogeny.
  • Notably, the Urals developed by accretion of island arcs and microcontinents.
  • Determining the significance of the long-term subduction-related tectonic processes as opposed to collisions by small microcontinents for the magmatic and tectonic evolution of SE Asia remains ambiguous.

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