Meaning of microcontinent in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmʌɪkrə(ʊ)ˈkɒntɪnənt/


  • An isolated fragment of continental crust forming part of a small crust plate.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The Menderes Massif is part of the Menderes-Tauride Block, a post-Permian microcontinent, which is allochthonous with respect to both Eurasia and Gondwana.’
    • ‘The collision of North America with the Avalon microcontinent during the Devonian Period caused the Acadian orogeny.’