continental accretion

continental accretion

[¦känt·ən¦ent·əl ə′krē·shən]
(geology)
The theory that continents have grown by the addition of new continental material around an original nucleus, mainly through the processes of geosynclinal sedimentation and orogeny.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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