tectonic patterns

tectonic patterns

[tek′tän·ik ′pad·ərnz]
(geology)
The arrangement of the large structural units of the earth's crust, such as mountain systems, shields or stable areas, basins, arches, and volcanic archipelagoes.
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Long-term geological evolution, diverse tectonic patterns, multiple geological processes and the wide range of climates of China are favorable conditions for various types of mineralization.