a stable, broad, horizontal rock formation of the earth's crust, that is the principal part of a continent and its continental shelf
Origin of cratonultimately ; from Classical Greek kratos, strength: see hard
A large portion of a continental plate that has been relatively undisturbed since the Precambrian Era and includes both shield and platform layers.
Origin of cratonGerman Kraton, from Greek kratos, power; see kar- in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek κράτος (kratos, “strength, might”).