protocontinent


protocontinent
/proh'toh kon"tn euhnt/, n. Geol.
an actual or hypothetical landmass that might later be enlarged into a major continent or broken up into smaller ones.
[1955-60; PROTO- + CONTINENT]

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  • Pangea — [pan jē′ə] 〚coined (1912) by A. L. Wegener (1880 1930), Ger geologist: < Gr pan, all + gē, the earth〛 the large landmass that nearly extended from pole to pole on one side of the earth during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras: it… …   Universalium

  • Atlantic Ocean — an ocean bounded by North America and South America in the Western Hemisphere and by Europe and Africa in the Eastern Hemisphere. ab. 31,530,000 sq. mi. (81,663,000 sq. km); with connecting seas ab. 41,000,000 sq. mi. (106,100,000 sq. km);… …   Universalium

  • supercontinent — /sooh peuhr kon tn euhnt/, n. Geol. a hypothetical protocontinent of the remote geologic past that rifted apart to form the continents of today. Cf. Pangaea. [1955 60; SUPER + CONTINENT] * * * …   Universalium

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  • su|per|con|ti|nent — «SOO puhr KON tuh nuhnt», noun. any one of several great land masses, or a single great land mass, that is thought to have later split up into smaller masses which drifted to form the present continents; protocontinent: »Dietz…favours the notion… …   Useful english dictionary


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