Definition of terrane in English:


Syllabification: ter·rane
Pronunciation: /təˈrān, ˈterˌān
(also terrain)


A fault-bounded area or region with a distinctive stratigraphy, structure, and geological history.
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  • We contrast the geological development of the Bainang terrane with that of other terranes in the region and consider this in the broader context of Neotethys evolution.
  • Rift basins in the Red Sea area developed in terranes accreted in Pan-African time, and it is believed that some of these ancient sutures controlled later Red Sea rifting.
  • The contrasting Neoproterozoic and Early Palaeozoic histories of the various Variscan terranes of Europe provide a key to palaeogeographical reconstructions.


early 19th cent: from popular Latin terranum. Compare with terrain.

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