A large portion of a continental plate that has been relatively undisturbed since the Precambrian Era and includes both shield and platform layers.
[German Kraton, from Greek kratos, power; see kar- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
cra·tonic (krə-tŏnĭk) adj.
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