Laurentia

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noun Lau·ren·tia \ lȯ-ˈren(t)-sh(ē-)ə \

Definition of Laurentia

geology
:a land mass that was an independent continent about 500 million years ago and that currently includes Greenland and a large part of the North American continent
  • He explained that east of the Hudson River, the geology can get fairly mixed up. Many of the rocks there were produced by a huge collision of tectonic plates about 450 million years ago, called the tectonic orogeny, that sent an arc of islands crashing into the eastern coast of North America or, more correctly, Laurentia.
  • —James GormanNew York Times16 Nov. 2001
  • The large blue area in the figure is roughly coincident with Laurentia, the predecessor of the present North American continent.
  • —Suzan van der LeeScience9 Nov. 2001

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First Known Use of laurentia

1903


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